As a candidate, Barack Obama benefited greatly from the power of the Internet, tapping Web tools to reach, motivate, and collect funds from millions of people across the country. As president, Obama has cemented his role as the nation's most connected president to-date, incorporating technology as a cornerstone of key initiatives from healthcare reform to education. Taking a page from corporate America, Obama hired a chief technology officer to oversee the nation's IT direction. And, though he h
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Despite improvements to Internet infrastructure and reduced access costs for many urban and suburban residents, those who live in rural communities often face limited or no access to cable, DSL or satellite Internet services. No matter where they call home, those living in poverty and the disabled also may be financially barred from using the Internet's wealth of tools, according to the Obama administration, which in July approved legislation sponsored by Edward Markey, D-Mass., designed to ensure the disabled have full access to the Internet and TV. In July, the government added another $800 million to the $7.2 billion already allocated to expanding broadband access.