Bradley Byrne

12/05/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/05/2019 13:17

Byrne Applauds USDA Grant for Rural Alabama Broadband

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) released the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement in Hamilton, Alabama of a $62.3 million investment in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve e-Connectivity for more than 8,000 rural households, 57 farms, 44 businesses, 17 educational facilities, 14 critical community facilities and three health care facilities in rural Alabama.

Byrne said: 'Today's announcement is fantastic news for Alabama. This significant investment from USDA of $62.3 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure across rural Alabama is critical for economic development, education, healthcare, and quality of life in our state.

'Thank you President Trump for your ongoing commitment to improving the lives of rural Alabamians. I also offer my appreciation to Secretary Sonny Perdue for his partnership and support of rural Alabama and to my friend and colleague Rep. Robert Aderholt for his leadership on the Re-Connect grant program. Together with this Administration we are doing great things for rural America.'

This USDA Rural Development investment will be used to deploy a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network that can guarantee quality of service and reliably deliver high-speed Internet, real-time streaming, voice over IP (VOIP), and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) for residents in rural Alabama, many in unserved areas. USDA awarded a loan of $14,097,834 and a grant of $14,097,834 to Millry Communications; a loan of $14,747,626 and a grant of $14,747,626 to Tombigbee Electric Cooperative; a loan of $1,336,455 and a grant of $1,336,455 to National Telephone of Alabama; and a loan of $1,999,439 to Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative.