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Officials to mark work to expand broadband in RI

May 8, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Work is about to begin on new fiber optic broadband infrastructure to benefit the state's institutions of higher education, hospitals, libraries and government.

Officials including Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Commissioner of Higher Education Ray DiPasquale and others are scheduled to be on hand Monday morning at the Community College of Rhode Island in Providence to mark the beginning of construction of the project.

The project has been dubbed "Beacon 2.0" and is funded by a federal stimulus grant of $21.7 million, with $10.7 million in private investment.

Once completed, it will include 385 miles of fiber optic broadband and will reach every city and town in Rhode Island except New Shoreham on Block Island.