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$11.7 Million for High-Speed Broadband in Rural Kentucky, Illinois
Kentucky Ag Connection - 10/26/2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $11.7 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Kentucky and Illinois. This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.

"Broadband is a cornerstone to prosperity in Kentucky's rural communities because it is essential to economic development, as well as access to health care, educational opportunities and connections to people and services," USDA Kentucky state director for Rural Development Hilda Legg said.

West Kentucky Rural Telephone Cooperative Corporation Inc. will use a $11.7 million ReConnect grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network. This network will connect 8,206 people, 204 farms, 82 businesses, four post offices, three fire stations, two health care facilities and two schools to high-speed broadband internet in Graves County, Ky., and Alexander, Union, Pulaski, Johnson and Massac counties in Illinois.

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