Over $700 Million is Going to Connect Rural Areas to High-Speed Internet

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced awards made in 19 states under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  Grantees and loan recipients of USDA’s ReConnect Program must serve a rural area that lacks access to service at speeds of 100 megabits per second, and must also commit to building infrastructure that can deliver service at that speed to every location in the area. Additionally, to ensure that rural households that need internet service can afford it, all awardees will be required to participate in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP offers a discount of up to $30 per month towards internet service to qualifying low-income households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal Lands.