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USDA rural broadband investment tops $200 million in 2018

The USDA has announced plans for a pilot program to bring broadband internet to all of rural America.

The plan, which Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue calls a “proof of concept,” will provide $600 million dollars in grants and loans to internet service providers to bring connection to parts of the country that are too remote, underpopulated or expensive to serve.

January 9, 2019 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2019/01/09/usda-rural-broadband-investment-tops-200-million-in-2018/

Business, education, healthcare top of mind as rural broadband expansion inches forward

When nearly 300 Americans submitted comments this summer on the USDA's pilot plan to bring high speed broadband internet to rural America, they mentioned the great opportunities reliable internet connectivity could bring.

But they also voiced skepticism over the agency's proposed plans for the project, which has been in the works for nearly a year.

November 21, 2018 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2018/11/21/business-education-healthcare-top-of-mind-as-rural-broadband-expansion-inches-forward/