US President Barack Obama has outlined his government's plans to bring wireless Internet connections to around 98 per cent of the population.
In a speech at the Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, the President unveiled the Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative, an $18 billion government-funded plan to connect 98 per cent of country to a next generation LTE 4G wireless network.
According to Obama, a reliable and fast wireless connection is needed to ensure the future growth of the US, and will help enhance the quality of education and business to grow.
The Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative will also be used to develop a country-wide interoperable wireless network for Public Safety.
Obama said: “This isn’t just about a faster Internet or being able to find a friend on Facebook. It’s about connecting every corner of America to the digital age.”
"It’s about connecting every corner of America to the digital age,” he added. “It’s about a rural community in Iowa or Alabama where farmers can monitor weather across the state and markets across the globe."
"It’s about an entrepreneur on Main Street with a great idea she hopes to sell to the big city. It’s about every young person who no longer has to leave his hometown to seek new opportunity — because opportunity is right there at his or her fingertips.”