According to a recent National Telecommunications and Information Administration report, 40 percent of Americans do not have broadband access. In Philadelphia, that number is slightly higher–48 percent, according to the Philadelphia Division of Technology. The grant money awarded to Pennsylvania through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program–a part of President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act– will help fund projects in Philadelphia that target the problem of the digital divide–the gap between with sufficient access to information technology and those who do not. Of the total $310.4 million in stimulus funding awarded to the state, the city was granted $6.4 million, while other Philadelphia-based initiatives will benefit from allocations to organizations.
Northeast Philadelphia: Free Library System Depends on Federal Funding