RUS Funds Multiple FTTH Projects

  • Broadband Stimulus
  • FTTH
WASHINGTON, DC - Fourteen new broadband infrastructure projects will receive $310 million through the broadband stimulus funds administered by the USDA Rural Utilities Service. An additional $3 million in private investment brings the total to $313 million for these projects.

The 14 new projects include one large middle-mile network in Alaska and access networks in 10 other states. Most of the access network projects will use fiber-to-the-home technology, and several of them expand on existing FTTH networks. For example, in rural Burleigh County, N.D., the BEK Communications Cooperative will use its $2 million grant and $2 million loan, along with an additional $2 million in leveraged funds, to expand its existing system and offer FTTP service to more than 540 homes and anchor institutions that are currently underserved. The existing system provides service to 53 percent of the population in the area; 22 percent of current users derive household income from the Internet. This expansion is expected to stimulate economic growth in the area by connecting new users.

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