USDA Awards Funding to Broadband Projects

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High-speed Internet is something most people take for granted.
The United States Department of Agriculture announced earlier in the year of its plan to improve broadband connections in rural areas. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the USDA has provided 126 broadband projects across the country with funding.
Broadband projects will improve services to homes and businesses throughout the United States. These improvements will boost rural economy.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack acknowledged the projects and importance of the government funding. Improvements with broadband connectivity will improve the lives in rural areas. However, most importantly it will draw more business to rural areas.
“These projects will create jobs building these networks, and the completed systems will provide a platform for rural economic growth for years to come,” Vilsack said.
As of June 30, $200 billion have been awarded to the Recovery Act for rural improvement projects. Most money is being used to construct necessary community facilities including hospitals and fire stations.
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