U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Margi Hoffmann today announced that the Department is providing over $35 million in loans and grants to bring high-speed internet access to rural communities along Oregon’s coast. This funding, announced as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s $759 million investment in nationwide high-speed internet access, will bring affordable high-speed internet to nearly 5000 people, 100 businesses, 579 farms and two educational facilities in Benton, Lane, Lincoln and Polk Counties.
“Fast, reliable internet is essential for the growth and prosperity of Oregon’s rural communities,” Hoffmann said. “By partnering with local utilities and cooperatives, USDA will make sure that even our most rural households, farms and businesses have a chance to build a brighter, more connected future. These investments are just one of the many ways President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is tangibly improving lives here in Oregon and across the United States.”
Today’s investments include funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which provides a historic $65 billion to expand reliable, affordable, high-speed internet to all communities across the U.S. The $35 million in loans and grants comes from the third funding round of the ReConnect Program. Today’s announcement includes:
In 2022, the Department has announced $1.6 billion from the third round of ReConnect funding. The Department is expected to call for Distance Learning and Telehealth grant applications in the near future. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/or or follow USDA Rural Development Oregon on Twitter @RD_Oregon.
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