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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 32 projects through the ReConnect Program. The investment represents $317,473,853 million in grant and loan funding for high-speed broadband infrastructure. The funded service areas include a total of 71,964 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.

 

32

Applicants with Active Awards

$317,473,853

Amount Awarded


20

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: Seneca Telecommunications, LLC

    Location: New York

    Total square miles: 52.4

    Funded Service Area Households: 1,006

    Award amount: $4,325,452

    This Rural Development investment will provide Seneca Telecommunications, LLC with the opportunity to use $4,325,452 received in ReConnect Program grant funding to deploy a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) broadband network throughout the Seneca Nation’s Cattaraugus Territory. The funded service areas include 1,006 households, three educational facilities, one health care center, and one critical community facility spread over 52 square miles. The Seneca project will assist the youth with completing their required daily homework, advance the health care at the local medical facilities, provide businesses and farms with technology that will allow them to operate more efficiently, and assist with future economic development on the territory.

     


     

    Applicant: Beehive Telephone Company, Inc.

    Location: Utah

    Total square miles: 68

    Funded Service Area Households: 141

    Award amount: $2,401, 406

    This Rural Development investment will provide Beehive Telephone Company, Inc. with the opportunity to use $2,401,406 received in ReConnect Program grant funding to deploy a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network capable of transmitting data at one gigabit per second. The funded service areas include 141 households, one educational facility, and one critical community facility spread over 68 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: Emery Telecommunications & Video, Inc.

    Location: Utah, Colorado

    Total square miles: 7

    Funded Service Area Households: 528

    Award amount: $2,735,224

    This Rural Development investment will provide Emery Telecommunications & Video, Inc with $2,735,224 in ReConnect Program grant funding to build broadband networks in North and South Monticello Utah, Dove Creek Colorado, and U.S.491 Corridor. The funded area includes 528 households, 8 educational facilities, and two critical community facilities spread over 7 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: All West / Wyoming, Inc.

    Location: Wyoming

    Total square miles: 136

    Funded Service Area Households: 312

    Award amount: $4,795,809

    This Rural Development investment will provide All West / Wyoming, Inc. with the opportunity to use $4,795,809 received in ReConnect Program grant funding to deploy a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) broadband network capable of transmitting data at up to one gigabit per second (Gbps) in rural Wyoming. The funded service areas include 312 households, four educational facilities, and one critical community facility spread over 136 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: Cordova Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

    Location: Alaska

    Total square miles: 497

    Funded Service Area Households: 270

    Award amount: $18,888,668

    This Rural Development investment will provide Cordova Telephone Cooperative, Inc. with $18,888,668 received in ReConnect Program grant funding to build the fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) infrastructure necessary to deliver highspeed broadband services to all businesses and residents in the city of Yakutat in southeast Alaska. The funded service area includes 270 households, three critical community facilities and two educational facilities spread over 497 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: Valley Telecommunications Cooperative Association, Inc.

    Location: South Dakota

    Total square miles: 1,003

    Funded Service Area Households: 1,754

    Award amount: $9,591,131

    This Rural Development investment will provide Valley Telecommunications Cooperative Association, Inc. with the opportunity to use $9,591,131 received in ReConnect Program grant funding to build state of the art Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) services for currently underserved rural communities in Arlington, De Smet, Flandreau, Lake Preston, and Volga in South Dakota. The funded service areas include 1,754 households and one critical community facility spread over 1,003 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: Oregon Telephone Corporation, Inc.

    Location: Oregon

    Total square miles: 242

    Funded Service Area Households: 418

    Award amount: $5,989,010

    This Rural Development investment will provide Oregon Telephone Corporation, Inc. with the opportunity to use $5,989,010 received in ReConnect Program grant funding to deploy a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network to residents and businesses in some of the most remote areas of the continental United States. The funded service areas include 418 households, three educational facilities, and two critical community facilities spread over 242 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: Consolidated Telephone Company

    Location: Minnesota

    Total square miles: 111

    Funded Service Area Households: 667

    Award amount: $5,229,506

    This Rural Development investment will provide Consolidated Telephone Company (CTC) with the opportunity to use $5,229,506 received in ReConnect Program grant funding to deploy a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network in rural Minnesota. The funded service area includes 667 households, two educational facilities, and two critical community facilities spread over 111 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: Osage Municipal Utilities

    Location: Iowa

    Total square miles: 20

    Funded Service Area Households: 151

    Award amount: $397,749

    This Rural Development investment will provide Osage Municipal Utilities with the opportunity to use $397,749 in ReConnect Program grant funding to deploy Fiber-to-the-Premise and Hybrid-Fiber-Coax infrastructure to serve farms, residents, and businesses located in rural areas of Mitchell County, Iowa. The funded service area includes 151 households spared over 20 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: Eastern Nebraska Telephone Company

    Location: Nebraska

    Total square miles: 387

    Funded Service Area Households: 489

    Award amount: $5,734,822

    This Rural Development investment will provide Eastern Nebraska Telephone Company with the opportunity to use ReConnect Program grant funding to deploy a Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network to service rural areas of Pierce County, Wayne County and Madison County in Nebraska. The FTTP equipment will extend service to every household and business in the funded area, which includes 489 households spread over 387 square miles.

  • Applicant: Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation

    Location: Missouri, Iowa

    Total square miles: 1,350.89

    Funded Service Area Households: 2,288

    Award amount: $20,801,007*

    This Rural Development investment will provide Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation with the opportunity to use $20,801,007 received in ReConnect Program 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.

    * The total project cost is $41,602,014. Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation substituted the 50% loan amount with matching funds of $20,801.007.

     


     

    Applicant: Wabash Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

    Location: Illinois

    Total square miles: 168

    Funded Service Area Households: 1,684

    Award amount: $12,780,484

    This Rural Development investment will provide Wabash Telephone Cooperative, Inc. with the opportunity to use $6,390,242 received in ReConnect Program grant funding and $6,390,242 received in ReConnect Program loan funding to deploy a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in portions Jefferson and Wayne counties located in rural southeastern Illinois. The funded service areas include 1,684 households, one health care facility, nine educational facilities, and two critical community facilities spread over 168 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: Wave Wireless, LLC

    Location: Kansas

    Total square miles: 344

    Funded Service Area Households: 1,390

    Award amount: $5,271,852

    This Rural Development investment will provide Wave Wireless L.L.C. with the opportunity to use $2,635,926 received in ReConnect Program grant funding and $2,635,926 received in ReConnect Program loan funding to build fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) in rural Labette County, Kansas. The funded service areas include 1,390 households, three educational facilities, and three critical community facilities spread over 344 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: Tombigbee Electric Cooperative, Inc.

    Location: Alabama

    Total square miles: 1,233

    Funded Service Area Households: 2,152

    Award amount: $29,495,233

    This Rural Development investment will provide Tombigbee Electric Cooperative, Inc. with the opportunity to use $14,747,616 received in ReConnect Program grant funding and $14,747,616 received in ReConnect Program loan funding to develop an All-Dielectric Self-Supporting (ADSS) network in underserved areas of Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Franklin, Winston, and Walker counties in Alabama. The funded service areas include 2,152 households, five educational facilities, one health care center, and 10 critical community facilities spread over 1,233 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: Millry Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc.

    Location: Alabama

    Total square miles: 878

    Funded Service Area Households: 3,797

    Award amount: $28,195,688

    This Rural Development investment will provide Millry Telephone Company, Inc. with the opportunity to use $14,097,834 received in ReConnect Program grant funding and $14,097,834 received in ReConnect Program loan funding to deploy a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network for residents of Choctaw and Washington counties, in Alabama. The funded service areas include 3,797 households, 11 educational facilities, two health care centers, and four critical community facilities spread over 878 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: National Telephone of Alabama, Inc.

    Location: Alabama

    Total square miles: 173

    Funded Service Area Households: 378

    Award amount: $2,672,910

    This Rural Development investment will provide National Telephone of Alabama, Inc. with the opportunity to use $1,336,455 received in ReConnect Program grant funding and $1,336,455 received in ReConnect Program loan funding to bring a fiber-to-the-premise network in Colbert County, Alabama. The funded service areas include 378 households spread over 173 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: Home Telephone Company, Inc.

    Location: South Carolina

    Total square miles: 219

    Funded Service Area Households: 3,780

    Award amount: $8,184,531*

    This Rural Development investment will provide Home Telephone Company, Inc. with the opportunity to use $8,184,531 received in ReConnect Program funding to extend broadband services to rural areas of the Charleston County and Berkeley County in South Carolina. Home Telephone Company will use matching funds of $8,184,531 to complete the project. The funded service areas include 3,780 households, 19 educational facilities, and eight critical community facilities spread out over 219 square miles.

    ** The total project cost is $16,369,063. Home Telephone Company substituted the 50% loan amount with matching funds of $8,184,531.

     


     

    Applicant: Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation

    Location: North Carolina

    Total square miles: 155

    Funded Service Area Households: 4,057

    Award amount: $7,934,762*

    This Rural Development investment will provide Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation with the opportunity to use $7,934,762 received in ReConnect Program funding to build fiber optic broadband in unserved and underserved rural areas of Columbus County, North Carolina. Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation will provide matching funds of $7,934,762 to complete the project. The service areas include 4,057 households, 15 educational facilities, three health care centers, and 10 critical community facilities spread over 155 square miles.

    ** The total project cost is $15,869,524. Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation substituted the 50% loan amount with matching funds of $7,934,762.

     


     

    Applicant: Farmers Mutual Telephone Company of Stanton, Iowa

    Location: Iowa

    Total square miles: 214

    Funded Service Area Households: 477

    Award amount: $6,418,844

    This Rural Development investment will provide Farmers Mutual Telephone Company of Stanton, Iowa with the opportunity to use $3,209,422 received in ReConnect Program grant funding and $3,209,422 received in ReConnect Program loan funding to expand service to underserved rural areas in Red Oak, Iowa. The funded service area includes 477 households spread over 214 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: Ohio Valley Industrial and Business Development Corporation

    Location: West Virginia

    Total square miles: 48

    Funded Service Area Households: 1,909

    Award amount: $2,094,500

    This Rural Development investment will provide Ohio Valley Industrial and Business Development Corporation to use $2,094,500 received in ReConnect Program grant funding to construct a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network utilizing gigabit passive optical network (GPON) technologies in rural West Virginia. Ohio Valley Industrial Business Development will provide matching funds of $2,094,500 to complete the project. The funded service areas include 1,909 households, five educational facilities, one health care center, and nine critical community facilities spread over 48 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: Tyler County Development Authority, Inc.

    Location: West Virginia

    Total square miles: 26

    Funded Service Area Households: 1,366

    Award amount: $3,516,000

    This Rural Development investment will provide Tyler County Development Authority, Inc. with the opportunity to use $1,758,000 received in ReConnect Program grant funding and $1,758,000 received in ReConnect Program loan funding to provide broadband service to underserved households, farms and businesses in Tyler County, West Virginia. The funded service area includes 1,366 households, three educational facilities, one health care center, and five critical community facilities spread over 26 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: Daktel Communications, LLC

    Location: North Dakota

    Total square miles: 354

    Funded Service Area Households: 406

    Award amount: $1,809,290

    This Rural Development investment will provide Daktel Communications, LLC with the opportunity to use $1,809,290 received in ReConnect Program grant funding to construct fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network infrastructure north of Jamestown, North Dakota. The funded service areas include 406 households and three educational facilities spread over 354 square miles. The use and development of broadband in this area will provide various home-based business opportunities, stimulate economic growth, and stimulate innovation and investment in the area. In addition, education, health care, energy efficiency, and public safety will improve with high-speed Internet access. Daktel Communications will offer broadband services at 1 gigabit per second symmetrical to locations that were previously unserved in the area.

     


     

    Applicant: Polar Communications Mutual Aid Corp.

    Location: North Dakota

    Total square miles: 1,870

    Funded Service Area Households: 2,237

    Award amount: $21,248,334‬

    This Rural Development investment will provide Polar Communications Mutual Aid Corp. with the opportunity to use $10,624,167 received in ReConnect Program grant funding and $10,624,167 received in ReConnect Program loan funding to deploy a Home Run, Active Ethernet fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) model to areas in rural North Dakota. The funded service areas include 2,237 households, six educational facilities, one health care center, and one critical community facility spread over 1,870 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: Harmony Telephone Company

    Location: Minnesota & Iowa

    Total square miles: 144

    Funded Service Area Households: 577

    Award amount: $5,424,004‬

    This Rural Development investment will provide Harmony Telephone Company with the opportunity to use $2,712,002 received in ReConnect Program loan funding and $2,712,002 in ReConnect Program grant funding to deploy a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network in rural areas in Minnesota and Iowa. The proposed project will result in Harmony Telephone Company deploying a Home Run, Passive Optical Network FTTP model to the funded service area. The funded service area includes 577 households, one health care center, and one critical community facility spread over 144 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.

     


     

    Applicant: Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc.

    Location: Alabama

    Total square miles: 34

    Funded Service Area Households: 1,676

    Award amount: $1,999,439

    This Rural Development investment will provide Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc. with the opportunity to use $1,999,439 received in ReConnect Program loan funding to deploy a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTH) network In Jackson and DeKalb counties in Alabama. The funded service areas include 1,676 households and one educational facility spread over 34 square miles.

     


     

    Applicant: Wilkes Telephone Membership Corporation Inc.

    Location: Virginia

    Total square miles: 1,847

    Funded Service Area Households: 22,604

    Award amount: $48,000,000

    This Rural Development investment will provide Wilkes Telephone Membership Corporation, Inc. with the opportunity to use $48,000,000 received in ReConnect Program loan funding to deploy a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) buried network to provide up to one gigabit per second to every premise in rural areas of Virginia. The funded service areas include 22,604 households, 19 education facilities, one heath care center, and eight critical community facilities spread over 1,847 square miles.