CARSON CITY, Nev., August 23, 2023 --U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Nevada State Director Lucas Ingvoldstad today announced a grant to connect rural residents in White Pine County, Nevada, to reliable, affordable high-speed internet through the ReConnect Program, funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This program is uniquely designed to fund the most difficult high-speed internet projects in the nation, which are the most rural, remote and unserved communities.
"Today's investment represents the joint commitments of President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Secretary Vilsack to improving high-speed internet access and economic outcomes for every community, no matter how remote or rural," said Ingvoldstad. "This project is an excellent illustration of that dedication. This investment will build out fiber internet access for residents on the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute reservation."
Beehive Telephone Co. Inc. Nevada is receiving a $596,496 grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network that will provide high-speed internet to people in White Pine County, all located within the Goshute Land Area Representation. The recipient will make high-speed internet affordable by participating in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Programs.
Today’s announcement is part of a national release in which Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced nearly $700 million in grants and loans for projects in 22 states and the Marshall Islands. These high-speed internet investments are part of the fourth funding round of the ReConnect Program. Many residents and businesses in rural areas would not have high-speed internet service without the ReConnect Program, as the program is a key part of the Administration’s Internet for All initiative to connect everyone in America to high-speed internet by 2030.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, 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.
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