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Biden-Harris administration announces $401 million for high-speed internet access in rural areas

Funding will provide high-speed internet access to 31,000 individuals and businesses in 11 states, with additional funding from President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2022 – Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tom Vilsack announced today that the Department will invest $401 million to provide high-speed internet access (PDF, 187 KB ) to serve 31,000 rural residents and businesses in 11 states, part of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to investing in rural areas part of the infrastructure and providing affordable high-speed internet to all. The announcement includes a set of investments from the ReConnect program, as well as awards funded through USDA’s Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. The department will make additional investments in rural high-speed internet later this summer, including funding for the ReConnect program from President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law, which provides $65 billion Historic Investment in Extending Affordable High-Speed ​​Internet to All Communities in America “Connectivity is critical to the economic success of rural America,” Vilsack said. “The internet has been critical to our growth and continues to be a catalyst for our prosperity. From farms to schools, from homes to international markets, connectivity drives positive change in our communities. The investments I’m announcing today will help large and diverse communities across the country 31,000 people and businesses in the region gain new and important opportunities. Under President Biden and Vice President Harris, USDA knows that rural America is the backbone of America and that prosperity here means prosperity for all.” Through today’s announcement, USDA is supporting high-speed internet investments in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas. Several awards will help rural people and businesses on tribal lands and businesses in socially disadvantaged communities. As part of today’s announcement:

    Uprise LLC will receive $27.1 million Grants to deploy fiber-to-the-field network in Pershing County, Nevada. It will connect 4,884 people, 130 businesses, 22 farms and seven public schools to high-speed internet. Uprise LLC will offer subscribers a symmetrical service tier of 200 megabits per second (Mbps) or 1 gigabit per second. It plans to apply to participate in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Affordable Connectivity Program, which will enable users to get 200 Mbps symmetrical service for free. The project will serve people in several socially disadvantaged communities in the Lovelock Indian Colony and Pershing County. Midvale Telephone Company receives $10.6 million loan to deploy fiber-to-the-home network. It will connect 455 people, 39 businesses and 69 farms to high-speed internet in Elmore, Blaine, Custer and Boise counties in Idaho and Gila, Graham, Pinal, Cochise and Pima counties in Arizona. The loan will serve people in socially disadvantaged communities in Pinal County, Arizona, and Elmore County, Idaho.

  • The Arkansas Telephone Company was awarded a $12 million grant to deploy fiber-to-the-home networks in Searcy and Van Buren counties, Connect 986 people, 10 businesses and 145 farms to high-speed internet. The company will offer low-cost starter packs with voice and voice/data. Discounts will be available to participants in the FCC Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity programs.
  • Background: Reconnection Plan To be eligible for ReConnect program funding, applicants must serve an area with high-speed Internet service speeds below 100 megabits per second (Mbps) (download) and 20 Mbps (upload). Applicants must also commit to building facilities capable of delivering high-speed Internet service at 100 Mbps (download and upload) to every location within their proposed service area. To learn more about investing resources in rural areas, visit www.rd.usda.gov or contact the nearest USDA Rural Development state office. Background: Bipartisan Infrastructure Act President Biden is among Democrats, Republicans and Independents Build consensus and compromise to prove that our democracy can deliver great victories for the American people. After decades of discussions about rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure, President Biden introduced the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act — a historic investment in America that will change lives And make America move forward again. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Act provides $65 billion to ensure every American has access to affordable, reliable high-speed internet through historic investments in broadband infrastructure deployment. The legislation also reduces the cost of internet service and helps close the digital divide, allowing more Americans to take full advantage of internet access. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help increase economic opportunity, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety, and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural, tribal, and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. USDA impacts the lives of all Americans in many positive ways every day. During the Biden-Harris administration, the USDA is transforming America’s food system, focusing more on more resilient local and regional food production, providing a fairer market for all producers, and ensuring that all communities have access to safe, healthy and nutrient-dense foods, building new markets and channels using climate-smart food and forestry practices to increase incomes for farmers and producers, making historic investments in rural America’s infrastructure and clean energy capabilities, and addressing systemic barriers and Build a more representative American workforce to commit to equity across the sector. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov. If you would like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development Updates, visit our GovDelivery subscribers page. #USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.



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