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A pair of local internet service providers received more than $7.2 million in federal funding for rural high-speed internet.

Midco received $6 million and BEK Communications Cooperative received $1.2 million from the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund, which aids rural internet connectivity by helping to build needed communications infrastructure.

“Just as electric infrastructure was key to expanding our economy in the 20th century, high-speed internet infrastructure is critical to our success in the 21st century,” Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said in a statement."We must continue these efforts until every North Dakotan has access to reliable, high-speed internet.”

“These funds will help expand broadband coverage in our state and will ensure residents in the newly served areas can access a wider variety of health care, education and commerce options," Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., added.

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Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250-8261 or jessica.holdman@bismarcktribune.com

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