Broadband investments to boost 900 healthcare facilities

By Bernie Monegain
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President Obama announced Friday a $795 million government program to develop broadband access in rural parts of the country. Among the beneficiaries will be 900 healthcare facilities.

The investment will support 66 new Recovery Act broadband projects nationwide that, according to the grantees, will not only directly create approximately 5,000 jobs up front, but will also help spur economic development in some of the nation's hardest-hit communities, helping create jobs for years to come. 

On the healthcare front – already $2.5T in the United States and 17 percent of GDP – the FCC's National Broadband Plan estimates $700 billion in savings over 15-25 years from teleHealth initiatives. Telehealth is likely to get a boost from greater access to broadband, the FCC plan notes.

A primary catalyst for telehealth advancement is broadband, specifically the Metro Ethernet high capacity network, observed Eric Bozich, vice president of product management for Denver-based Qwest Business Markets, told Healthcare IT News last month.

“As broadband has become more widely deployed and affordable, it has enabled things to happen,” he said. “It has finally reached that point of critical mass where the experience is high quality enough that people are willing to accept and adopt it. Ease of use is allowing practices, hospitals and clinics to manage and deploy telehealth in a way that is reasonable. All those things are coming together to create an environment that is realistic, affordable and practical.”

Besides benefiting healthcare organizations in all 50 states, Obama said the broadband projects will also affect tens of millions of Americans and more than 685,000 businesses and 2,400 schools across the country.

The $795 million in grants and loans through the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture have been matched by more than $200 million in outside investment, for a total public-private investment of more than $1 billion in bringing broadband service to these communities, most of which currently have little or no access.
 
With new or increased broadband access, Obama asserted, medical professionals can provide cost-efficient remote diagnoses and care, communities can compete on a level playing field to attract new businesses, schools can create distance learning opportunities and business owners can expand the market for their products beyond their neighborhoods to better compete in the global economy.
 
The grants and loans are part of an overall $7.2 billion investment the Recovery Act makes in expanding broadband access nationwide – $4.7 billion through the Commerce Department and $2.5 billion funded through the Department of Agriculture.

There are two types of awards:

  • Infrastructure – Middle mile awards build and improve connections to communities lacking sufficient broadband access and last mile awards connect end users like homes, hospitals and schools to their community's broadband infrastructure (the middle mile).
  • Public Computing Centers – These expand computer center capacity for public use in libraries, community colleges and other public venues.

A  list of the 66 projects with amount of grant, description of work and locations appear on the following pages.

 

The projects:

Copper Valley Telephone Cooperative Incorporated, Alaska
This $5.2 million grant/loan middle mile project will allow Cooper Valley Telephone Coop. to extend terrestrial wireless broadband connectivity to McCarthy, AK. When complete, the project will offer upgraded service to more than 60 Alaskans and nearly 20 local businesses and other community institutions that currently can only subscribe to satellite service. The project will include significant non-federal investment. Beyond the jobs it creates upfront, the project will open McCarthy to future economic and business development.

National Telephone Of Alabama Inc, Alabama
The $1.7 million Cherokee Broadband Initiatives Project grant/loan program will provide broadband infrastructure in Margerum, Barton and Cherokee, Alabama. More than 3,000 people, 200 local businesses, and a number of other community institutions stand to benefit from the improved service. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and open possibilities for online training and education, creating jobs for decades to come.

Northern Arkansas Telephone Company, Arkansas
Northern Arkansas Telephone Company, Inc. estimates it will directly create nearly 100 jobs by using this $3.7 million grant/loan mix to substantially expanding fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and ADSL2+ services in Marion and Boone Counties in rural north central Arkansas. Nearly 2,000 people and roughly 70 local businesses and 10 community institutions stand to benefit from combined speeds of over 20 Mbps.

San Carlos Apache Telecommunications Utility Inc, Arizona
Using this $10.5 million grant/loan, San Carlos Apache Telecommunications, Inc. (SCATUI) will provide fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) service to the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. Over 6,000 people, 20 businesses, and 50 community institutions including emergency service personnel, a hospital and facilities that are currently unserved stand to benefit. The project will drive job creation upfront, and create a stable foundation for future growth.

Hopi Telecommunications Inc., Arizona
Hopi Telecommunications, Inc. (HTI) will connect Jeddito, Ariz. with existing broadband infrastructure more than 60 miles away with this $3.6 million grant/loan. In addition, HTI will connect currently unserved residents of Jeddito and Spider Mound. In addition to the jobs the project will create upfront, over 7,000 individuals stand to benefit, as do dozens of businesses and more than 20 community institutions.

Arizona Office of Economic Recovery, Arizona

This $1.6 million grant with an additional $706,000 applicant-provided match to expand computer centers at 28 state and tribal libraries and to provide specialized virtual workforce workstations at 200 locations throughout the state.

Nunn Telephone Company, Colorado
This $5.2 million grant/loan project will provide high speed broadband service to rural residents and business in north central Colorado.The project will create jobs in north central Colorado upfront, and the increased connectivity will drive jobs and growth in the years ahead.    Nearly 200 local businesses stand to benefit from this increased connectivity, as do nearly 1,000 individuals.

Government of the District of Columbia, Washington D.C.
This $17.5 million grant project, with an additional $7.5 million in applicant-provided match, will improve broadband service for DC residents and businesses and provide connections for approximately 190 community anchor institutions located predominantly in the city's economically distressed areas. Nearly 650,000 residents stand to benefit from the project, as do more than 30,000 local businesses. In addition to the upfront jobs, the project will build a platform for job creation and economic growth going forward.

Government of the District of Columbia, Washington D.C.
This $1.6 million grant with an additional $667,000 applicant-provided match will upgrade connection speeds, provide training, and deploy more than 1,000 new computer workstations at 24 public libraries, two recreation centers, three public schools, and one community college library.

Darien Telephone Co., Inc., Georgia
This $448,000 grant/loan project will expand high-speed broadband service to Sapelo Island, a barrier island off the coast of Georgia currently without access to High-Speed Broadband. Funding will enable broadband services that meet the needs of residences, businesses, and community anchor institutions on Sapelo today and far into the future using FTTH technology. The Darien Telephone Co., Inc. project stands to benefit approximately 600 people. Additionally, 10 businesses and 10 other community institutions stand to benefit from the project. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will also help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Wilkes Telephone & Electric Company, Georgia

This $48.1 million grant/loan project will provide state-of-the-art communication services to enhance broadband communication options to the current and future citizens of Lincoln, Taliaferro, and Wilkes counties in Georgia. Technology will be a FTTH wireline fiber-optic cable network, configured in Passive Optical Network (PON) architecture, able to support speeds in excess of 20 Gbps. The Wilkes Telephone & Electric Company project stands to benefit approximately 20,300 people. Additionally, 802 businesses and 58 other community institutions stand to benefit from the project. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will also help drive economic development in the community that will help create jobs for years to come.

Iowa Communications Network, Iowa

This $16.2 million grant with an additional $7.6 million applicant-provided match will upgrade an existing 3,000-mile network to provide 10 Gbps- capable points of presence in each county in the state, while upgrading direct high-speed connections for thousands of community institutions. Iowa Communications Network's project stands to benefit over 4,500 community institutions. Of the 99 counties in the state, 17 are economically distressed and will be served by this project. Iowa Communications estimates that the project will directly create approximately 100 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Iowa Health System, Iowa
This $17.7 million grant with an additional $9.9 million applicant-provided match will upgrade and enhance the health system's existing fiber network that provides connections to over 200 healthcare facilities, as well as facilitate more access to broadband service for residents and businesses statewide. Iowa Health System's project stands to benefit approximately 1.7 million people. Additionally, 135,000 businesses and 1,800 other community institutions stand to benefit from the project. Iowa Health System estimates that the project will directly create approximately 100 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Farmers' Telephone Company Of Riceville, Iowa
This $18.7 million grant/loan award with an additional $4.7 million applicant-provided match will construct a FTTP network. The project will allow greater than 20Mbps broadband access to the exchange areas of: Little Cedar, New Haven, Plymouth, Riceville, Marble Rock, Greene, St. Ansgar and Stacyville, Iowa. The Farmer's Telephone Company of Riceville, Iowa project stands to benefit approximately 8,500 people. Additionally, 148 businesses and 22 other community institutions stand to benefit from the project. Farmer's Telephone estimates that the project will directly create approximately 250 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation, Iowa
This $9.3 million grant/loan project will provide broadband service to the towns of Lorimor, Murray, and Thater, Iowa, and their surrounding rural areas via a FTTH network. Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation's project stands to benefit approximately 2,800 people. Additionally, 498 businesses and 10 other community institutions stand to benefit from the project. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will also help drive economic development in the community that will help create jobs for years to come.

Ellsworth Cooperative Telephone Association, Iowa

This $5.3 million grant/loan project will provide high speed Internet service in the communities of Ellsworth and Garden City, Iowa, and their surrounding rural areas via a FTTH network. Ellsworth Cooperative Telephone Association's project stands to benefit approximately 1,300 people. Additionally, 305 businesses and 8 other community institutions stand to benefit from the project. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will also help drive economic development in the community that will help create jobs for years to come.

Breda Telephone Corp., Iowa
This $2.6 million grant/loan project coupled with $2.6 million in outside capital will upgrade two of seven rural exchanges in west central Iowa with FTTP broadband. The proposed project would allow high speed Internet and video services to reach all of the customers in the Breda and Lidderdale exchanges, in addition to their present landline phone services. Breda Telephone Corp.'s project stands to benefit approximately 1,600 people. Additionally, 77 businesses and 3 other community institutions stand to benefit from the project. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will also help drive economic development in the community that will help create jobs for years to come.

Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation, Iowa and Missouri

This $20.3 million grant/loan project will provide broadband service to the towns of Corydon, Millerton, Allerton, and Lineville, Iowa; and Powersville, Missouri and their surrounding rural areas. Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation's project stands to benefit approximately 5,200 people. Additionally, 339 businesses and 36 other community institutions stand to benefit from the project. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will also help drive economic development in the community that will help create jobs for years to come.

Shawnee Telephone Company, Illinois
This $7.4 million grant/loan project coupled with $1 million in outside capital will assist citizens in underserved, low-income areas to become highly productive community members by empowering them with broadband technology, as the FTTH network is capable of 1 Gbps transmission speed. Shawnee Telephone Company's project stands to benefit approximately 3,100 people. Additionally, 438 businesses and 35 other community institutions stand to benefit. The lowest per-household income with the highest unemployment in Illinois, Shawnee believes its proposal to develop a broadband network will create new jobs and economic growth, and stimulate innovation and investment. Shawnee Telephone estimates that the project will directly create approximately 100 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

H & B Communications Inc., Kansas
This $6.6 million grant/loan combined with $1.6 million in outside capital will provide high speed FTTH broadband to the 62% underserved rural communities surrounding Clafin and Ellinwood, Kansas. Nearly 2,000 people stand to benefit from this grant, along with 91 businesses and 23 community institutions. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.
 

J.B.N. Telephone Company Inc., Kansas
This $3.3 million grant/loan project will construct FTTP broadband throughout the towns of Corning, Goff, Havensville, Netawaka, Soldier, and Wetmore, Kansas. Approximately 1,100 people stand to benefit from this grant, along with 29 businesses and 21 community institutions. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

South Central Wireless Inc., Kansas
This $1.1 million grant/loan combined with $576,000 in outside capital will construct FTTP infrastructure for Attica, Kansas and offer voice and high speed services. High speed services from 1.5Mbps to 20Mbps (including symmetric rates) will be immediately offered to all consumers and businesses in Attica. Over 800 people stand to benefit from the grant to South Central Wireless, along with 41 businesses and 10 community institutions. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Thacker-Grigsby Telephone Company, Incorporated, Kentucky

This $7.4 million grant/loan project will deploy a fiber-optic network in portions of Breathitt County, Kentucky. Over 3,000 people stand to benefit from this grant to Thacker- Grigsby Telephone Company. In addition, approximately 60 businesses and 34 community institutions stand to benefit from the project, which intends to enhance economic development through affordable broadband. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Maine State Library, Maine
This $1.4 million grant with an additional $589,000 applicant-provided match will upgrade public computer centers at more than 100 public libraries statewide. The project will increase the number of available broadband workstations by as much as 60 percent and improve training and employment-related services offered by libraries. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Massachusetts Technology Park, Massachusetts
This $45.4 million grant with an additional $26.2 million applicant-provided match will bring affordable, high-speed Internet access to residents and businesses in western Massachusetts by constructing over 1,300 miles of new fiber. Massachusetts Technology Park estimates that this project will create hundreds of jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come. Over 1 million people stand to benefit from this grant, along with 44,000 businesses and over 700 community institutions.

Zayo Bandwidth    Minnesota
This $13.4 million grant with an additional $5.7 million applicant-provided match will fund almost 300 miles of new fiber network. Zayo Bandwidth estimates that this project will create over 100 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come. Over 360,000 people stand to benefit from this grant, along with over 11,000 businesses and nearly 700 community institutions.

Federated Telephone    MN Cooperative, Minnesota

This $1.3 million grant/loan project consists of building a FTTP system to deploy voice, video, and data services to rural Appleton, Minnesota. The service area is primarily located in Swift County, with small portions in Big Stone and Chippewa Counties. Nearly 400 people stand to benefit from the Federated Telephone Cooperative grant, along with seven businesses and one community institution. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but also it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.
 


Leech Lake Reservation Business Committee, Minnesota

This $1.7 million grant with an additional $790,000 applicant-provided match will create seven new public computer centers and upgrading ten existing facilities on three Indian reservations in Minnesota. The centers will be located at Boys and Girls Clubs within tribally operated community centers, providing public access to all residents. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Contact Network, Inc, Mississippi
This $20.7 million grant with an additional $5.2 million applicant-provided match will deploy more than 600 miles of fiber optic middle mile broadband infrastructure in underserved areas of 16 counties in southern and central Mississippi. Contact Network estimates that this project will create nearly 100 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come. Approximately 737,000 people stand to benefit from this grant, along with 1,400 businesses and 43 community institutions, like hospitals and schools.

Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporatio, Missouri

Approximately 3,200 people, 47 businesses and 12 community institutions stand to benefit from the $11 million Grand River Mutual Fiber-to-the- Home Broadband Deployment Project in Lathrop, Missouri and its surrounding areas via a fiber-to-the-home network. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, it will also help drive economic development near Lathrop, Missouri that will create jobs for years to come.

Northeast Missouri Rural Telephone Company, Missouri

Northeast Missouri Rural Telephone Company's will receive $7.2 million to construct a FTTP network enabling greater than 20 Mbps broadband access. This network stands to benefit over 2,500 people near Green City, Missouri. Additionally, 49 businesses and 20 community institutions stand to benefit. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Project Telephone Company, Montana

Project Telephone Company will receive $15.5 million to provide FTTP broadband to all locations within the Crow Reservation. Project Telephone estimates it will create more than 150 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come. Almost 4,000 people on the Crow Reservation stand to benefit from the Fiber to the Premise installation. Almost 200 businesses and 26 community institutions, including the headquarters of the Crow Tribe in Crow Agency, stand to benefit from broadband services.

Project Telephone Company, Montana
Over 4,500 people, 493 businesses and 26 community institutions including tribal, state, and federal entities stand to benefit from the $3.9 million Scott St/Pryor Mile Broadband Connectivity Project that connects the Crow Indian Reservation communities of Pryor, Saint Xavier, and Fort Smith to existing fiber transport networks in Lockwood, Montana. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Montana State Library, Montana

This $1.8 million grant to Montana State Library will provide more broadband computer access at faster speeds at 42 local libraries in 29 counties across the state within reach of 86 percent of Montana's population.
 

University System of New Hampshire, New Hampshire
The University System of New Hampshire will receive $44.5 million and estimates it will directly create almost 700 jobs by making broadband service more readily available to the state's households and businesses. Almost 1 million people and approximately 12,000 local businesses and 700 community institutions stand to benefit from up to 10 Gbps as well as dark fiber IRUs. Partners seek to use this opportunity to create a "tech corridor" in New Hampshire.

Thomas Edison State College, New Jersey

Thomas Edison State College will receive $5.1 million to add computer workstations and/or upgrade connectivity at approximately 125 libraries, as well as provide job search assistance and workforce development programs at 365 libraries across the state.

French Broad Electric Membership Corp, North Carolina

French Broad Electric Membership Corp will receive $1.8 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Over 2,500 people stand to benefit from the provision of broadband internet access to Spring Creek, Laurel, Beech Glenn, and areas of Marshall and Mars Hill, North Carolina. Approximately 700 businesses and 6 community institutions also stand to benefit. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Skyline Telephone Membership Corporation, North Carolina and Tennessee

Skyline Telephone and SkyBest Communications will receive $29 million in broadband grants funds, and estimates that the project will create approximately 100 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come. Approximately 1,750 people, 600 businesses and 100 community organizations stand to benefit from the expansion and provision of advanced fiber-to-the-home services via a fiber optic network in Alleghany and Ashe counties in northwestern North Carolina.

Consolidated Enterprises, Inc., North Dakota

Over 3,500 people and 200 businesses stand to benefit from Consolidated Enterprises Broadband Infrastructure provision in Dickinson and Belfield North Dakota.    In addition to the jobs this project creates upfront from the $11.6 million USDA award, the project will also help drive economic development in North Dakota that will create jobs for years to come.

S R T Communications Inc, North Dakota
This $4.4 million grant/loan project combined with $2.2 million in outside capital will provide FTTP broadband services to the rural North Dakota exchange of Metigoshe. SRT Communications estimates that more than 1,000 people stand to benefit from this FTTP broadband project as well as 2 businesses and 118 other community institutions such as schools and hospitals. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Rural Telephone Company, Nevada

This $2.4 million grant/loan project will extend ADSL2+ high speed broadband service to existing and new customers in the North Fork, Tuscarora, and Jarbidge, Nevada service areas. Rural Telephone company estimates that approximately 700 people stand to benefit from this project as well as over 100 businesses and 10 other community institutions. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.
 


Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs, Nevada

This $806,000 grant with an additional $305,000 applicant-provided match will install more than 250 new workstations and expand the training and educational capacity at more than 30 libraries and other hubs for free computer access in 15 counties throughout the state.

ComNet, Inc., Ohio

This $30 million grant with an additional $12.9 million applicant-provided match will construct almost 700 new miles of high-capacity fiber to expand an existing network throughout 28 western Ohio counties. ComNet estimates it will create over 300 jobs through this project. Nearly 2 million people as well as 165,000 businesses and approximately 3,000 other community institutions stand to benefit from this project. This project will help an area that has been impacted by the automotive restructuring and by high unemployment rates

Pine Telephone Company In, Oklahoma

This $30.2 million grant/loan project includes FTTH and fiber to the node (FTTN) solutions that will provide rural subscribers with services typically available in only the most urban areas of our country. Pine Telephone Company estimates that over 14,000 people stand to benefit from this project along with more than 500 businesses as well as 80 other community institutions. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma

This $1.4 million grant with an additional $747,000 applicant-provided match will expand broadband computer access options for the economically vulnerable community in which the university is located. The project will open two computer centers with almost 90 workstations to the general public and deploy a "mobile PCC" van with 20 laptops to serve the community at large.

Oklahoma Department off Libraries, Oklahoma

This $2.3 million grant with an additional $1 million applicant-provided match will upgrade public computer centers at 45 libraries in 44 counties across the state to better equip them to meet local community needs.

Bend Cable Communications, LLC, Oregon

This $4.4 million grant with an additional $1.9 million applicant-provided match will construct more than 130 miles of new fiber in areas of central Oregon that lack adequate broadband connectivity, Bend Cable Communications estimates that over 3,000 people and more than 1,000 businesses stand to benefit from this project. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but also it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come. This project will connect area business parks and bolster economic growth in the high unemployment counties of Jefferson and Crook.
 

County of Clackamas, Oregon
This $7.8 million grant with an additional $3.3 million applicant-provided match will bring affordable high-speed Internet service to northwestern Oregon. The County of Clackamas estimates that over 250,000 people stand to benefit from this project along with over 3,500 businesses and 32 other community institutions. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

County of Crook, Oregon
This $3.9 million grant with an additional $1.8 million applicant-provided match will build a new, 65-workstation computer learning center in Prineville, the county seat, which will provide education, training, and broadband access to the county's 25,000 citizens. The project also plans to deploy a mobile lab with satellite connectivity to provide instruction and training to remote areas of the county.

City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This $6.4 million grant with an additional $3.3 million applicant-provided match will create or enhance more than 75 public computer centers located in North, West, and South Philadelphia, with the goal of providing access for thousands more residents on a weekly basis.

TrioTel Communications, Inc., South Dakota
This $12.3 million grant/loan project will provide high speed Internet service in the communities of Canova, Alexandria, Emery, Farmer, Salem, and Spencer, South Dakota, and their surrounding rural areas via a FTTH network. TrioTel Communications estimates that over 4,000 people as well as nearly 1,000 businesses and over 100 community institutions stand to benefit from this project. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Venture Communications Cooperative, South Dakota
This $5.2 million grant/loan combined with $1.7 million in outside capital will provide FTTP broadband services to households, businesses, and key community organizations in Cresbard, Faulkton, and Orient, exchanges in South Dakota that are currently underserved. Venture Communications Cooperative estimates that over 2,000 people and dozens of businesses and community institutions stand to benefit from this project. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corporation, Tennessee
This $32.2 million grant/loan project will provide FTTP advanced broadband services to rural exchanges of Byrdstown, Celina, Moss, and Clarkrange, Tennessee. Twin Lakes Tel Coop Corp estimates that over 10,000 people and hundreds of businesses and community institutions stand to benefit from this project. In addition to the jobs this project creates upfront, it will help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Tennessee State Library & Archives, Tennessee

This $557,000 grant with an additional $239,000 applicant-provided match will expand 29 public computer centers as part of its Bridging the Gap project, which will leverage the support of local community organizations to provide training and drive participation among patrons in the community.

Blossom Telephone Company, Texas
Blossom Telephone Company's $2.8 million award will provide middle mile fiber and transmission facilities to enhance broadband services in Blossom, TX. The project stands to benefit nearly 5,000 people and dozens of businesses and community institutions. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc, Texas
Valley Telephone Cooperative's $15.7 million project will build more than 150 miles of new fiber network in a region of south Texas. The project stands to benefit over 300,000 people and over 17,000 businesses and community institutions. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Central Utah Telephone, Inc., Utah
Central Utah Telephone, Inc. estimates that its project, benefiting from $2.5 million in USDA funds, install over 70 miles of middle-mile underground fiber optic cable in Juab and Millard counties, UT and stands to benefit over 5,000 people and hundreds of businesses and community institutions. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Vermont Telecommunications Authority, Vermont
Vermont Telecommunications Authority estimates that it will directly create hundreds of jobs with its project to build a 790-mile fiber network across Vermont with it's $33.4 million grant. Over 200,000 people and thousands of businesses and community institutions stand to benefit from increasing access to direct high-speed connections. In addition to the jobs this project creates upfront, it will help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Vermont Telephone Company, Vermont
Vermont Telephone Company's project, assisted by $12.3 million in federal funds, will enhance the existing middle mile broadband infrastructure to address bandwidth and transport capacity shortages. The project stands to benefit over 150,000 people and over 15,000 businesses and community institutions. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Bristol Virginia Utilities Board, Virginia

This $22.7 million grant with an additional $13.5 million applicant-provided match will build an almost 400-mile fiber network that intends to bring high-speed broadband middle mile service to rural, economically distressed areas in southwestern Virginia. Bristol Virginia Utilities Board estimates that this project will directly create hundreds of jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come. Over 49,000 people stand to benefit from this grant, along with 525 businesses and over 100 community institutions.

Marquette_Adams Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Wisconsin
This $20 million grant/loan project will extend fiber optic service from the cooperative's existing service area to surrounding unserved rural areas in central Wisconsin. Over 11,000 people stand to benefit from this grant, along with 144 businesses and 12 community institutions. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Reedsburg Utility Commission, Inc, Wisconsin
This $5.2 million grant combined with $2.3 million in outside capital will extend an existing municipal FTTP network to the surrounding rural areas to provide affordable advanced broadband service to residents and businesses currently confined to traditional dial-up, unreliable wireless, and costly satellite services. Over 6,000 people stand to benefit from this grant, along with 144 businesses and 12 community institutions. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

Hardy Telecommunications, Inc., West Virginia
This $31.6 million grant/loan project will be a turning point for underserved rural mountain communities in Hardy County, West Virginia, allowing instant access to share information and ideas with others across the world, and increase knowledge, productivity, and prosperity. Hardy OneNet is a FTTH network providing affordable, reliable ultra-high speed Internet access, VoiP, and video services to underserved areas. Hardy Telecommunications estimates that this project will directly create hundreds of jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come. Over 14,000 people stand to benefit from this grant, along with 200 businesses and over 100 community institutions.

Silver Star Telephone Company, Wyomin
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This $5.6 million grant with an additional $1.6 million applicant-provided match will close a 90-mile gap in the company's existing statewide fiber optic network, bringing comprehensive broadband services to 11 counties and providing direct connections for approximately 15 community anchor institutions in western Wyoming. Over 26,000 people stand to benefit from this grant, along with over 1900 businesses and 53 community institutions. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.
 

Silver Star Telephone Company, Wyoming and Idaho
This $5 million grant with an additional $1.3 applicant-provided match will close a 38-mile gap in its existing 159-mile fiber optic network in northwest Wyoming and southeast Idaho, bringing comprehensive broadband services to five counties in the region and direction connections for a dozen community anchor institutions, including Brigham Young University's Idaho campus and Teton National Park service. Over 26,000 people stand to benefit from this grant, along with over 1900 businesses and 53 community institutions. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will help drive economic development in the community that will create jobs for years to come.

University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development, All
This $62.5 million grant with an additional $34.3 million applicant-provided match will interconnect more than 30 existing research and educational networks, creating a nation-wide high-capacity network that will enable advanced networking features for more than 100,000 essential community anchor institutions. University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development estimates that this project will directly create hundreds of jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come. The United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) project proposes a large-scale, public-private partnership to interconnect more than 30 existing research and education networks. This Comprehensive Community Infrastructure project is designed to span all 50 states and every network.