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Chattanooga named as White House partner in new broadband program

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CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press) -- The White House today announced a two-part plan to increase ultra high speed broadband access across the U.S., modeling much of the plan on efforts already under way in Chattanooga.

As part of the new push, President Barrack Obama on Thursday will sign an executive order that will direct federal agencies better cooperate with private broadband providers in building out next-generation infrastructure, which the administration is calling its "dig once" policy, according to spokesman Rick Weiss.

Obama's order is designed to ease the underground installation of ultra-fast fiber optic backbone lines, which must often cross federal land or pass by federal buildings, Weiss said.

The plan's second prong is a new public-private partnership called US Ignite, which connects gigabit-capable cities like Chattanooga together in the name of research.

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