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USDA Rural Development invests additional $1.26M in rural broadband

Greg Thomas
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Fresh off a $55.3 million broadband announcement, USDA Rural Development Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg today announced an additional $1.26 million to improve broadband in rural Jackson County.

The grant funds come through Rural Development’s Community Connect Grant Program, which helps spread broadband connectivity to rural areas.

“Last-mile broadband connectivity is fundamental in so many parts of our society,” said Legg. “Businesses use it to purchase inventory; schools use it for distance learning; high-school and college students use it to complete classwork; broadband is no longer a luxury rural America can live without. This administration has proven its commitment to expanding broadband time and again, and this is just the latest proof of that commitment.”

Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative will use the $1,266,986 grant to help construct a 27.6-mile fiber-to-the-premises network passing 137 households and one business in Cressmont, Kentucky. Also, a community center will be provided where residents can access the internet free of charge for at least two years.

In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs 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 areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.