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USDA Funds Connecting Rural America to Broadband

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that more than $103 million in federal funds will go toward helping expand broadband Internet services to rural communities.

The USDA funds will support 23 projects in 16 states, including an Oklahoma community damaged by a tornado earlier this year.

“These loans and grants will bring the benefits of broadband, including new educational, business and public health and safety opportunities, to residents living in some of the most remote parts of our nation,” Vilsack said.

As part of the initiative, USDA will provide $90 million in loan funding for five infrastructure projects.

Vilsack announced a similar initiative in July, granting $192 million in loans to projects in eight states.

The AP reports as many as one in 10 Americans cannot get Internet connections fast enough to engage in activities such as watching video or teleconferencing.

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