USDA Grants More Than $23M for Rural Broadband in Eight States

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $23 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in eight states. This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.  

More than ten million ($10.6 million) has been granted to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Utah, Nevada, Idaho and Wyoming. Beehive Telephone Company Inc. will use $2.3 million to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network. This network will connect four residents, four farms and four businesses to high-speed broadband internet in Washington County, Utah.  

Beehive Telephone Company Inc. of Nevada will use $2.7 million to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network. This network will connect 147 people to high-speed broadband internet in Elko County, Nevada.

All West Communications Inc. will use its $5.6 million to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network. This network will connect 188 people, nine businesses and five farms to high-speed broadband internet in Summit County in Utah, Bear Lake County in Idaho, and Sweetwater and Lincoln counties in Wyoming.

The USDA distributed $7 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in North Dakota and Montana. Reservation Telephone Cooperative will use $6.9 million to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network. This network will connect 1,413 people, 104 farms, 49 businesses, a public school and a fire station to high-speed broadband internet in Dawson, Richland and Wibaux counties in Montana and McKenzie County, North Dakota.

A $6 million grant will provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Colorado. Yampa Valley Electric Association will use $6 million to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network. This network will connect 553 people, 27 farms, 27 businesses and three post offices to high-speed broadband internet in Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, Grand and Eagle counties in Colorado.

The USDA granted $544,000 to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in New York. Seneca Telecommunications LLC will use the money to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network. This network will connect 928 people, five farms and a business to high-speed broadband internet in Cattaraugus, Erie and Chautauqua counties in New York. The grant will provide high-speed internet service to the Cattaraugus Reservation of the Seneca Nation.

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