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Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Carnegie Mellon professor launches project to bring broadband to Appalachia
"September 12, 2003 -- With the view that high-speed Internet access is a necessity for modern commerce and communication, a Carnegie Mellon University professor has launched a project to bring wireless broadband service to disadvantaged areas of rural Appalachia."
"The first pilot effort is under way in the small town of Glenville, W.Va., about 160 miles south of Pittsburgh. The project is being funded by grants from the federal Appalachian Regional Commission and the Benedum Foundation, each of which contributed $125,000."
"The money also will be used to finance a second pilot in a community in southwestern Pennsylvania, most likely in Fayette County. The final site selection should be made within the next few months, according to Bruce Maggs, associate professor of computer science who along with Pittsburgh investment banker John Whitehill established CMU's Center for Appalachian Network Access this year."