10/07/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/07/2019 12:40
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an investment of $152 million in 19 projects across the country to provide or improve rural broadband service. This investment includes $14 million for the Washington County Rural Telephone Cooperative, which reaches Washington, Clark, Scott, and Floyd Counties.
'Communities across Indiana's Ninth Congressional District have been fighting hard for stronger rural broadband and increased connectivity because of how vital this is for education, healthcare, farming, and business success,' said Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09). 'I look forward to the boost this USDA loan will give our ongoing efforts to connect all Hoosiers to high-speed internet.'
'Deploying high-speed internet connectivity, or 'e-Connectivity,' in rural America expands access to essential health, educational, social and business opportunities,' said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald LaVoy. 'President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue are committed to fully utilizing all resources Congress provides for building and modernizing this critical infrastructure in rural America, because we believe that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.'
USDA is making the investments through the Community Connect Grant Program, the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program and the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. Investing in telecommunications infrastructure connects people to each other: businesses to customers, farmers to markets, and students to a world of knowledge.