Thursday, November 17, 2011

Just in from Washington

USDA Targets $410.7 Million for Rural Broadband

Washington--The Agriculture Department announced on Monday funding for telephone utilities to build, expand and improve broadband in their rural service territories across 15 states. The announcement was made on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s behalf by USDA Rural Utilities Service Deputy Administrator Jessica Zufolo during an address at the annual meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in St. Louis, Mo.

The awardees will receive $410.7 million in funding, contingent on the recipient meeting the terms of the agreement with USDA.

USDA news release

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