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WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced Monday that USDA is investing $152 million in 19 projects to provide or improve rural broadband service in 14 states, including Morton County. 

USDA is making the investments through the Community Connect Grant Program, the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program and the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. Investing in telecommunications infrastructure connects people to each other: businesses to customers, farmers to markets, and students to a world of knowledge.

In Morton County, USDA is partnering with BEK Communications Cooperative by providing an $844,000 Community Connect Program grant to help spark economic and educational opportunities, enhance health care and bolster public safety. BEK will deploy a 49-mile fiber-to-the-home network. This project will bring high-speed broadband to 125 underserved households.

The other projects are located in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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