The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released new information on its planned broadband internet overhaul.
The FCC said that it will focus on government, infrastructure and educational projects, in an attempt to shore up a number of areas in need of increased web access and bandwidth.
"It is so important because broadband is essential to fostering 21st century jobs, investment and economic growth," said FCC chairman Julius Genachowski.
"It is also so important because of the vital role broadband must play in advancing key societal goals in areas like education, health care, energy, public safety, democracy and small business opportunity."
Among the projects being considered are a nationwide emergency broadband and alert network, the installation of smart energy grids and new citizen feedback programmes.
Other projects include grant programmes for small businesses, expanded access and improved web speeds for schools, and an overhaul of online education and tutoring initiatives.
The proposals are part of the $6bn (£3.9bn) broadband infrastructure plan introduced by the Obama administration.
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