USDA Rural Development Announces $6.3 Million for High-Speed ​​Internet in Rural Communities

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TOPEKA, September 22, 2022 – Christy Davis, Kansas State Director for Rural Development at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), today announced funding of $6,319,640 for access high-speed Internet for rural residents and businesses in eight counties in Kansas and Nebraska. The USDA is making the investments under the third round of funding for the ReConnect program. The department will make additional investments in the coming months with funding from President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which includes a historic $65 billion investment to expand affordable high-speed internet to all communities across the United States. United.

“Broadband Internet is essential for success in education, healthcare and business in the 21st century.” Davis said. “Federal funding enables communications companies, like JBN Telephone, to serve rural communities across our state.”

USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development, Xochitl Torres-Small, will visit JBN Telephone, 418 W. 5e Street in Holton on Thursday, Sept. 22, to announce a $6.3 million grant to provide high-speed Internet access to eight counties in Kansas and Nebraska.

The specifics of this Kansas grant are:

  • A Grant of $6,319,640 will be used to deploy a fiber network to the premises. This network will connect 704 people, 17 businesses and 225 farms to high-speed Internet in Jackson, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Republic, Washington, and Riley Counties in Kansas as good as Jefferson and Thayer Counties in Nebraska. JBN Telephone Company Inc. will make high-speed Internet affordable by participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity and Lifeline programs by offering low-income consumers who qualify for a monthly service credit of up to $30.

Context: ReConnect program

To be eligible for ReConnect program funding, an applicant must serve an area where high-speed Internet service speeds are less than 100 megabits per second (Mbps) (download) and 20 Mbps (upload). The applicant must also commit to constructing facilities capable of providing high-speed Internet service at speeds of 100 Mbps (download and upload) to each location within its proposed service area.

To learn more about investment resources for rural areas, visit www.rd.usda.gov or contact the nearest USDA State Office of Rural Development.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunity, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This aid supports the improvement of infrastructure; Business development; lodging; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural, tribal and very poor areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

The USDA touches the lives of all Americans every day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris administration, the USDA is transforming the US food system with greater emphasis on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe food, healthy and nutritious in all communities, creating new markets and income streams for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in clean energy infrastructure and capacity in the rural America, and committing to equity across the department by removing systemic barriers and creating a workforce that is more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.

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