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ReConnect Program Awardees

The Broadband ReConnect Program is a pilot program offering unique federal financing options in the form of grants, loans, and combinations thereof to create or improve rural e-Connectivity for rural customers across America.

 

As of now, USDA is investing in seven projects through the ReConnect Program. The investment represents $93,140,232 million in grant and loan funding for high-speed broadband infrastructure. The funded service areas include a total of 17,738 households.

USDA is reviewing applications and announcing approved projects on a rolling basis. Additional investments will be made in the coming weeks. Below are details about the projects announced to date.

 

7

Applicants with Active Awards

$93,140,232

Distributed in Funding


9

Total States and Territories




View Awardees for Each Funding Category



  • Applicant: Forked Deer Electric Cooperative

    Location: Tennessee

    Total square miles: 435.25

    Funded Service Area Households: 347

    Award amount: $2,856,167

    This ReConnect grant will deploy a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband network to meet the needs of rural Tennessee residents. Forked Deer Electric Cooperative, Inc. will use $2,856,167 received in ReConnect Program grant funding to deploy a broadband network capable of simultaneous transmission rates of 100 Mbps or greater. The funded service area includes 347 households and one critical community facility spread over approximately 435 square miles. The project will facilitate more access to services and information for local area residents and it will improve the overall quality of life.

     


     

    Applicant: Orangeburg County

    Location: South Carolina

    Total square miles: 174.03

    Funded Service Area Households: 3,911

    Award amount: $9,750,000

    This Rural Development investment will provide Orangeburg County with the opportunity to use $9,750,00 received in ReConnect Program grant funding to build state-of-the-art, Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) architecture in rural areas of South Carolina. The funded service areas include 3,911 households, 9 critical community facilities, 13 educational facilities, and one health care center spread over 174 square miles. The project will allow individuals living in the funded service area access improved services and opportunities.

     


     

    Applicant: Oklahoma Western Telephone Company

    Location: Oklahoma

    Total square miles: 171.70

    Funded Service Area Households: 321

    Award amount: $4,202,222

    This Rural Development investment will provide Oklahoma Western Telephone Company with the opportunity to use $4,202,222 received in ReConnect Program grant funding to provide Fiber-to-the-Premises (FFTP) broadband service to customers in rural Oklahoma. The funded service areas include 321 households and 3 critical community facility spread over 171 square miles. This program includes 61 miles of aerial and buried fiber with GPON FTTP electronics. Receiving this grant funding will allow Oklahoma Western to service a much-needed part of the state with high speed broadband service.

     


     

    Applicant: Star Telephone Membership Corporation

    Location: North Carolina

    Total square miles: 738.99

    Funded Service Area Households: 8,749

    Award amount: $23,726,478

    This Rural Development investment will provide Star Telephone Membership Corporation with the opportunity to use $23,726,478 received in ReConnect Program grant funding to build a gigabit-capable passive optical network (GPON) which will be 100% buried fiber-to-the-home network. The funded service areas include 8,749 households, 10 educational facilities, and 3 critical community facilities spread over 739 square miles. For the total project, STAR TMC will build over 535 miles of buried plant to serve 3,570 locations while passing 4,462 possible service locations consisting of farms, businesses, residential, and critical community institutions.

     


     

    Applicant: Heartland Telecommunications Company of Iowa

    Location: Iowa, South Dakota

    Total square miles: 518.82

    Funded Service Area Households: 868

    Award amount: $7,210,117

    This Rural Development investment will provide Heartland Telecommunications of Iowa with the opportunity to use $7,210,117 received in ReConnect Program grant funding to build state-of-the-art fiber optic cable infrastructure in rural Iowa and South Dakota. The funded service areas include 868 households, 17 businesses, and 27 farms spread over 518 square miles. The project will help facilitate new educational and economic opportunities for local residents and it will help improve the overall quality of life for people in the community.

  • Applicant: Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation

    Location: Missouri, Iowa

    Total square miles: 1,350.89

    Funded Service Area Households: 2,288

    Award amount: $41,602,014

    This Rural Development investment will provide Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation with the opportunity to use $41,602,014 received in ReConnect Program grant and loan funding to deploy a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) broadband network capable of simultaneous transmission rates of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) in rural Missouri and Iowa. The funded service areas include 2,288 households, 17 businesses, 39 farms, two educational facilities, four health care centers, and two critical community facilities spread over 518 square miles.

  • Applicant: Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative

    Location: Virginia

    Total square miles: 158.30

    Funded Service Area Households: 1,254

    Award amount: $3,793,234

    This Rural Development investment will provide Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative with the opportunity to use $3,793,234 received in ReConnect Program loan funding to deploy a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network capable of simultaneous transmission rates of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) or greater. The funded service area includes 1,254 households, 4 educational facilities, and 2 critical community facilities spread over 158 square miles.