USDA Awards $65+ Million for Rural Broadband in Five States

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing approximately $67 million million to bring broadband to rural areas of five states, including South Dakota, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. The investments are part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.

In central South Dakota, Valley Telecommunications Cooperative Association Inc. will use a $5.5 million grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to connect 1,561 people, 30 businesses, 185 farms, three essential community facilities and six educational facilities to high-speed broadband internet in Beadle, Brookings, Clark, Kingsbury and Moody counties. 

Alliance Communications Cooperative Inc. will use a $1.5 million grant to deploy a FTTP network to connect 1,176 people, 19 businesses and 30 farms to high-speed broadband internet in Lincoln and Turner counties. 

SDN Communications will use a $6 million grant to deploy a fixed-wireless network to connect 1,112 people, 16 businesses and three farms to high-speed broadband internet in Pennington and Lawrence counties. 

Midvale Telephone Company will use a $5.4 million grant and $5.4 million loan to deploy a FTTP network to connect 236 people, 15 businesses, four farms and one fire station to high-speed broadband internet in Washington, Custer, Blaine, Valley and Idaho counties in Idaho.

Direct Communications Rockland Inc. will use a $9.8 million grant and a $9.8 million loan to deploy a FTTP network to connect 2,064 people, 118 farms, 30 businesses, a post office and a fire station to high-speed broadband internet in Bear Lake, Power, Franklin and Oneida counties in Idaho.

Oregon-Idaho Utilities Inc. will use a $12.8 million grant to deploy a FTTP network to connect 612 people, 75 farms and three businesses to high-speed broadband internet in Owyhee County, Idaho; Malheur County, Oregon; and Humboldt and Elko counties in Nevada.

Project Telephone Company will use a $5.4 million grant and $5.4 million loan to deploy a FTTP network to connect 2,182 people, 160 farms and 67 businesses to high-speed broadband internet in Big Horn, Stillwater and Carbon counties in Montana.

Youngsville Television Corporation, doing business as Blue Fiber Corp., will use a $750,000 loan to deploy a FTTP network to connect 685 people, 34 businesses, eight farms, two educational facilities, two town halls, a post office and a fire station to high-speed broadband internet in Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

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