ReConnect Awards Announced for Five States


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced awards for rural broadband funding in five states (Arizona, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, and Washington), as part of its rural e-connectivity (ReConnect) program. In Arizona, the USDA awarded a $1.6 million grant for a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) and a hybrid fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) fixed wireless system to reach 1,492 households. In Kentucky and Tennessee, the USDA awarded a total of $55.3 million in grants for four FTTP network projects. Additionally, the USDA awarded $9.87 million in total grants for four infrastructure projects that will create and/or improve rural broadband for 4,527 households and 215 businesses in rural Maine. The USDA also awarded $2.4 million grant for a broadband infrastructure project bringing 250 households and home-based businesses broadband service in the state of Washington.

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