R.I. gets millions for broadband network

Providence, RI – Rhode Island has landed a $21.7 million stimulus grant to roll out an affordable broadband network for non-profit organizations.

The broadband network will stretch across Rhode Island into Bristol County Massachusetts.

It will give libraries more capacity for the growing number of people who are using their computers to apply for jobs or do homework. It will give schools greater access to underwater research cameras. And doctors will have the broadband capacity to share patient information.

George Loftuf is president of the Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development Network, the organization heading the project.

"We might find cases where you can have a radiologist at one location be able to view and diagnose an X-ray from another location," says Loftuf.

Loftuf says it will take three years to roll out the fiber optic network.