Biden Administration announces $401 million for high-speed internet access in rural America

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced major spending for high-speed internet in rural America.

The $400 million comes from the Reconnect program, and USDA says it will bring access to 31,000 rural Americans in nearly a dozen states. It is part of a larger $65 billion spending plan in the infrastructure law to bridge the digital divide.

Secretary Vilsack says the spending means prosperity for all.

"$401 million is being announced today that includes 20 projects in 11 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, and Texas. There’s also an opportunity in this announcement for one project that’s being funded through the telecom infrastructure loan and guarantee program,” said Secretary Vilsack.

The money will support the internet in businesses, homes, community facilities, and schools.

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