USDA to spend $500 million extending high-speed internet to rural America

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pushing an initiative to provide broadband internet connections to rural areas. Credit: Kansas Reflector

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture will send more than $500 million in loans and grants to telecommunications providers to bring high-speed internet to rural areas across 20 states, Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday.

The department will spend $360 million in grants and $141 million in loans through its ReConnect Program to benefit sparsely populated communities, including in Alaska, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, and Tennessee.

The funding, the third round

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