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
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.
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.