Mark Your Calendars, USDA to Open the Application Window for the Second Round of ReConnect Program Funding Friday

The following is a press release published by the USDA on January 27, 2020  WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced USDA will begin taking applications for the second round of $550 million in ReConnect Program loan and grant funding on January 31. These funds will enable the federal government to continue …

FCC Chairman Discusses Rural Digital Opportunity Fund with Rural Business Owners, Community Advocates, Internet Service Providers

“This is the biggest step the FCC has ever taken to close the Digital Divide” by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Marietta, OH (January 23, 2020) – The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, met yesterday with community advocates, business owners, educational leaders, internet service providers, and other local stakeholders in Ohio to discuss the importance of closing …

Serving the Last Mile: Officials in Two Ohio Counties Looking for Broadband Vendors

Vinton and Meigs Counties, OH (December 20, 2019) – Local leaders in two Ohio counties are building on work begun nearly three years ago to connect underserved and poorly served families, businesses, and communities. They are now looking for vendors to construct telecommunications towers across the region. Vinton and Meigs Counties sit in the southeast region of the Buckeye State—a …

FCC Authorizes Nearly $89.2 Million In Funding For Rural Broadband

The following is press release issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on December 16, 2019 Eighth Round of Funding from Connect America Fund Auction  Starts This Month and Includes 21 States WASHINGTON, December 16, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today authorized nearly $89.2 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to more than 123,000 unserved rural homes and …

How the USDA is Improving Rural Broadband Development Through Its ReConnect Program

Bowling Green, KY. (December 5, 2019) – Over the past couple months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested in rural broadband development across the United States through its ReConnect Loan and Grant Program. According to the USDA, this program offers “unique federal financing options in the form of grants, loans, and combinations thereof to create or improve rural …

FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Launch $9 Billion 5G Fund for Rural America

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on December 4, 2019 5G Fund Would Replace Mobility Fund Phase II and Focus on Bringing the Most Advanced Wireless Services to Rural Areas WASHINGTON, December 4, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he intends to establish the 5G Fund, which would make up to $9 billion in …

New Report: Expanding Broadband, Digital Skills Critical to America’s Future

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (November 21, 2019) – The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society recently released a report that calls broadband (high-speed internet) “the most transformative technology of our generation.” It can grow the American economy, empower workers, and strengthen communities. “For many Americans, lack of broadband access means having less opportunity than their …

Ohio Company Gets $2.5M for Fiber Infrastructure

The following was published in the Herald-Dispatch on November 14, 2019  RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative has received a $2.5 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative for the installation of 168 miles of fiber project that will connect the co-op’s substations in six counties of the …