"When asked what Chafee had done about "super-high-speed Internet connectivity,” spokeswoman Christine Hunsinger noted that Rhode Island received $4.5 million in federal stimulus money for a broadband mapping and planning program.
And she noted that OSHEAN, a nonprofit group based in North Kingstown, received $21.7 million in federal stimulus money to build a 339-mile fiber-optic network, which is meant to bolster Internet access for hundreds of schools, libraries, universities and hospitals in Rhode Island.
David Marble, president and CEO of OSHEAN (Ocean State Higher Education and Administration Network), said that thus far, the money has been used to install about 300 miles of the planned 339-mile fiber-optic network, which will extend to every county in Rhode Island and neighboring Bristol County, Mass.
The network will not serve individual homes or for-profit businesses, which will continue to rely on local Internet service providers, Marble said. But having the state's educational system, its government and its medical and research institutions connected to a high-speed network will improve the business climate here, he said."
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