Department of Agriculture

USDA Invests $2.3 Million in Broadband for Rural Eastern Nevada

The US Department of Agriculture invested $2.3 million in a high-speed broadband infrastructure project that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 273 households, seven farms, seven businesses and a critical community facility in eastern Nevada. Beehive Telephone Company Inc. will use a $2.3 million ReConnect grant to construct a fixed wireless system and three Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) systems to connect 273 households, seven businesses, seven farms and a critical community facility in a 229-square-mile area of eastern Elko and White Pine counties.

USDA Invests $3.3 Million in High-Speed Broadband for Rural Beaverhead County

The US Department of Agriculture invested $3.3 million in a high-speed broadband infrastructure project that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 142 homes, businesses, farms and ranches in Beaverhead County. Southern Montana Telephone Company (SMT) will use a $3.3 million ReConnect Program grant to construct a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Beaverhead County. The 1,688-square-mile service area includes 109 households, 26 farms and ranches, seven businesses and the Grant Fire Station.

Special Servicing of Telecommunications Programs Loans for Financially Distressed Borrowers

The Rural Utilities Service is issuing a final rule with request for comments to outline the general policies for servicing actions associated with financially distressed borrowers from the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program, Rural Broadband Program, Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program, Broadband Initiatives Program, and Rural eConnectivity Pilot Program.

USDA Invests $5 Million in Broadband for Rural Georgia Communities

The US Department of Agriculture invested $5 million in two, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 1,221 rural households, 32 pre-subscribed businesses and 20 pre-subscribed farms in McIntosh and Evans counties in Georgia. The Darien Telephone Company will use a $1 million ReConnect Program grant to expand high-speed internet service to underserved households and businesses in McIntosh County, using Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology.

USDA Invests Nearly $24 Million for Broadband in Utah’s Uintah Basin

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) invested $23.6 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure. This investment will build an all-fiber network that will serve more than 3,000 farms, businesses and homes spread over more than 400 square miles in rural Duchesne and Uintah counties. UBTA-UBET Communications Inc., dba STRATA Networks, will use an $11.8 million ReConnect loan and an $11.8 million ReConnect grant to expand high-speed broadband connectivity within the Uintah Basin, including Ute Indian Tribe communities on the Uintah and Ouray reservation.

USDA Invests $9 Million in Broadband for Rural Tennessee Communities

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $9 million in four, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 3,744 rural households, 31 businesses, 41 farms and a critical community facility in Tennessee. 

USDA Invests $3.4 Million in Broadband for Rural Illinois Communities

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $3.4 million to create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 603 rural households, 12 farms and a business in Hamilton County (IL). Hamilton County Telephone Cooperative Corporation Inc. will replace copper wire with fiber-optic cable wire. The upgrade will benefit 146 customers in the area. The company provides broadband internet access, entertainment video and voice services to 1,600 customers over approximately 467 square miles.

USDA Invests $4.4 Million in Rural Broadband Infrastructure in Georgia’s Gilmer County

The US Department of Agriculture invested $4.4 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure. This investment will support the construction of 90 miles of fiber-optic infrastructure in Gilmer County. The service area includes 2,159 households, 25 pre-subscribed businesses, two critical community facilities, an educational facility and 24 pre-subscribed farms, including 22 poultry farms. This broadband investment will strengthen the poultry industry in north Georgia. 

USDA Invests $13.3 Million in Rural Broadband for Southeastern Oklahoma

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) invested $13.3 million in two, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for more than 1,000 rural households in southeastern Oklahoma. Pine Telephone and Pine Cellular are based in Broken Bow (OK). Pine Telephone will receive a $5.6 million USDA ReConnect program grant. Pine Cellular will receive a $7.7 million ReConnect program grant. Both projects will deploy fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) in parts of Pushmataha and McCurtain counties.

USDA Invests $10.3 Million in Broadband for Rural New York Communities

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) invested $10.3 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 2,875 rural households, 10 pre-subscribed farms, three pre-subscribed businesses and two educational facilities in Yates County, New York. Yates County will use a $10.3 million ReConnect Program grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network capable of delivering speeds up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps).