[caption id="attachment_27747" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="A New Mexico broadband initiative will give broadband access to 3,000 homes and 1,000 businesses."]A New Mexico broadband initiative will give broadband access to 3,000 homes and 1,000 businesses.[/caption]

Colleges and universities will help bring broadband internet to underserved schools, businesses, and neighborhoods after Vice President Joe Biden announced the first round of federal stimulus funds to expand high-speed web access on Dec. 17.

Eighteen projects nationwide, funded by $182 million in stimulus dollars, will build long-awaited fiber-optic networks in rural areas not served by high-bandwidth web connections...

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