Twenty federal agencies are overhauling their policies to promote the deployment of broadband Internet across the U.S. The changes range from allowing community recreation centers to tap into a $2.3 billion program to pay for high-speed Internet, to collecting more data on who is and who isn’t able to access broadband, to making it easier for service providers to lay cables beneath federal lands.
The actions come as a result of the Broadband Opportunity Council’s first report on expanding access to high-speed internet, which is being released today. The council was formed by President Obama earlier this year, with the goal of ensuring that the federal government is doing everything within its current powers to encourage the deployment of broadband. That means there are no new funding programs here, but existing sources of funding are being opened up and barriers to deployment are being brought down.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.