The Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced investments into a $9.7 million high-speed broadband project in South Carolina, impacting some 3,900 rural households in the state.
USDA last Friday announced the first investment in the ReConnect Pilot Program, funding a $2.8 million infrastructure project in Tennessee to improve broadband access for nearly 350 households.
“We know that rural communities need robust, modern infrastructure to thrive, and that includes having access to broadband e-Connectivity,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. In March 2018, Congress provided $600 million to USDA to expand broadband infrastructure and services in rural America. Perdue announced the ReConnect program in December to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America.
USDA received 146 applications this summer, requesting $1.4 billion in funding across all three ReConnect Program funding products: 100 percent loan, 100 percent grant, and loan-grant combinations.