Appalachian Regional Development Act Amendments of 2002, Section 203
§ 203. Telecommunications and technology initiative.1
- In general. —The Commission may provide technical assistance, make grants, enter into contracts, or otherwise provide funds to persons or entities in the region for projects—
- to increase affordable access to advanced telecommunications, entrepreneurship, and management technologies or applications in the region;
- to provide education and training in the use of telecommunications and technology;
- to develop programs to increase the readiness of industry groups and businesses in the region to engage in electronic commerce; or
- to support entrepreneurial opportunities for businesses in the information technology sector.
- Source of funding.
- In general.—Assistance under this section may be provided—
- exclusively from amounts made available to carry out this section; or
- from amounts made available to carry out this section in combination with amounts made available under any other Federal program or from any other source.
- Federal share requirements specified in other laws.—Notwithstanding any provision of law limiting the Federal share under any other Federal program, amounts made available to carry out this section may be used to increase that Federal share, as the Commission determines to be appropriate.
- Cost sharing for grants.—Not more than 50 percent (or 80 percent in the case of a project to be carried out in a county for which a distressed county designation is in effect under section 226) of the costs of any activity eligible for a grant under this section may be provided from funds appropriated to carry out this section.
1Codified at 40 U.S.C. § 14504.
Program and Impact Summary: Telecommunications and Technology in Appalachia