Factbox: From electric cars to rural internet, this is Spain’s recovery plan

Andreas Milano

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain outlined its Recovery and Resilience plan on Tuesday aiming to revive and modernise its economy after a record 10.8% contraction in 2020, using 72 billion euros ($85.87 billion) in European grants it is due to receive by 2023.

FILE PHOTO: A “Temporarily closed” sign hangs at the entrance of a business, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Madrid, Spain, March 12, 2021. REUTERS/Susana Vera/File Photo

As one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, Spain should have a total of 140 billion euros including EU loans to spend by

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Tuolumne County receives $500K grant for regional high-speed internet plan | News

Andreas Milano

Gov. Gavin Newsom and Sen. Alex Padilla are lauding a $500,000 federal grant Tuolumne County recently received from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to create a plan aimed at boosting broadband internet access and speeds in the Central Sierra region.

The grant is the product of more than a year’s worth of work behind the scenes by county supervisors and Cole Przybyla, director of the county’s Innovation and Business Assistance Department, who organized a five-county broadband conference in February 2020 to help facilitate the development of such a plan.

“Universal broadband is critical to the state’s economy,

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Georgia Traffic, Internet Needs Highlighted In Biden Infrastructure Plan

Andreas Milano

White House officials highlighted sluggish highway traffic, slow bus travel and spotty rural internet service in Georgia on Monday as part of pitch to boost support for President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure package.

The “American Jobs Plan,” which has not yet gained Congress’ approval, would take aim at road and bridge repairs to cut down on Georgia commute times that have increased nearly 11% over the past decade, according to a White House fact sheet of the issued Monday.

It would also seek to improve broadband connections in roughly 40% of Georgia where there is little or no internet

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Georgia traffic, internet needs highlighted in Biden infrastructure plan | News

Andreas Milano

ATLANTA — White House officials highlighted sluggish highway traffic, slow bus travel and spotty rural internet service in Georgia Monday as part of a pitch to boost support for President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure package.

The high-priced “America Jobs Plan,” which has not yet gained Congress’ approval, would take aim at road and bridge repairs to cut down on Georgia commute times that have increased nearly 11% over the past decade, according to a White House fact sheet issued Monday.

The plan would also seek to improve broadband connections in roughly 40% of Georgia where there is little or no

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Campbell County hears fiber broadband expansion plan, updates on B2X Wireless | Govt. and Politics

Andreas Milano

Taylor walked the board through several potential fiber build-outs, from an $80 million scenario that encompassed the entirety of the county over 1,597 miles, to a $55 million build-out that excluded the most high-density areas — Timberlake, and the towns of Altavista and Brookneal.

One potential scenario involved building only 196 miles of fiber to create the “backbone” connecting all of the county service areas — from Naruna, to Red House Road, to Concord, through the outskirts of Lynchburg, to Wards Road and Lynch Station. This option, with a price tag of about $9.6 million, would pass about 1,500 homes,

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