Thursday, July 1, 2010

New Recovery Act Broadband Projects Get USDA Funding

President Obama announced $780 million in grants and loans through the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture for funding sixty-six Recovery Act broadband projects nationwide, including 37 new projects in rural America. The funding has been matched by over $200 million in outside investment, for a total public-private investment of nearly $1 billion.


The announcement kicks off the U.S. Department of Agriculture's second round of broadband funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). For the 37 new rural projects, $390.9 million will be invested. An additional $21.9 millionin private investment will be provided, bringing the total funds invested for these rural to $412.7 million.


Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan, grant or loan/grant agreement. A list of recent Recovery Act broadband award recipients by state is below. Further detail on these projects is online


Alaska


Copper Valley Telephone Cooperative Incorporated; McCarthy Microwave Shot project.


Alabama


National Telephone of Alabama, Inc.; Cherokee Broadband Initiatives Project.


Arizona


Hopi Telecommunications, Inc.; HTI Jeddito Middle Mile/Last Mile Project.


San Carlos Apache Telecommunications Utility Inc.; San Carlos Apache Telecommunications, Inc. - Broadband Offering.


Arkansas


Northern Arkansas Telephone Company; Northern Arkansas Broadband.


Colorado


Nunn Telephone Company; Nunn Rural Broadband Project.


Georgia


Wilkes Telephone & Electric Company; Wilkes Telephone Company Fiber-to-the-Home Build-Out.


Darien Telephone Co., Inc.; Broadband Bridge to Sapelo Island.


Iowa


The Farmers' Telephone Company of Riceville, Iowa; Farmers Telephone Company Fiber-to-the-Premises Overbuild.


Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation; Grand River Mutual Fiber-to-the-Home Broadband Deployment Project.


Breda Telephone Corp.; Breda and Lidderdale Town and Rural Fiber-to-the-Premises Overbuild.


Iowa and Missouri


Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation; Grand River Mutual Fiber-to-the-Home Broadband Deployment Project.


Illinois


Shawnee Telephone Company; Shawnee's Fiber-to-the-Home Project: Focused Economic Revitalization & Sustainable Transformation of Southern IL.


Kansas


H & B Communications Inc.; FTTH - Rural Ellinwood & Claflin, Kansas.


South Central Wireless Inc.; South Central Wireless - Attica, Kansas Fiber-to-the-Premise.


Kentucky


Thacker-Grigsby Telephone Company, Incorporated; Breathitt County Broadband.


Minnesota


Federated Telephone Cooperative; Rural Appleton, MN.


Missouri


Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation; Grand River Mutual Fiber-to-the-Home Broadband Deployment Project - Service Area 1.


Northeast Missouri Rural Telephone Company; Green City, MO Fiber-to-the-Premises.


Montana


Project Telephone Company; Scott St. Pryor Middle Mile.


Project Telephone Company; Crow Agency/Lodgegrass Fiber-to-the-Premise.


Nevada


Rural Telephone Company; North Fork, Tuscarora, and Jarbidge Service Area Broadband Service Implementation.


North Carolina


French Broad Electric Membership Corp.; French Broad Electric BPL Project.


North Carolina and Tennessee


Skyline Telephone Membership Corporation; High Country Fiber.


North Dakota


Consolidated Enterprises, Inc.; CEI Broadband Infrastructure Project.


S R T Communications Inc.; Fiber-to-the-Premise for the Rural North Dakota Community of Metigoshe.


Oklahoma


Pine Telephone Company, Inc.; Last Mile ILEC Fiber-to-the-Home for Isolated Rural Southeastern Oklahoma/Choctaw Nation.


South Dakota


TrioTel Communications, Inc.; TrioTel Fiber-to-the-Home Broadband Deployment Project.


Venture Communications Cooperative; Cresbard, Orient and Faulkton Exchanges.


Tennessee


Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corporation; Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corp.


Texas


Blossom Telephone Company; Red River Broadband Expansion Project.


Utah


Central Utah Telephone, Inc.; Basin Broadband Project.


West Virginia


Hardy Telecommunications, Inc.; Hardy OneNet Fiber to the Home Project.


Wisconsin


Marquette-Adams Telephone Cooperative, Inc.


Reedsburg Utility Commission, Inc; Reedsburg Utility Commission Fiber Network Expansion.
http://www.usda.gov

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