WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama wants 98 percent of Americans to have access to high-speed Internet as part of a broader plan to speed up the economic recovery with greater infrastructure spending.
According to an advance text of his State of the Union speech, the president is calling for a six-year plan to repair or improve bridges, roads and mass transit. He says the plan should be paid for, not increase the deficit, and not include congressional pet projects.
Moreover, the president wants to begin spending on a national rail network with a goal of providing access to high-speed rail to 80 percent of American within 25 years.
Obama's infrastructure, rail and high-speed wireless network plan constitutes one of his biggest spending initiatives -- likely to face significant opposition from congressional Republicans.