USDA Helps Expand Broadband Service in Rural Illinois and Oklahoma

  • USDA Telecommunications Programs of the Rural Utilities Service
WASHINGTON — USDA is awarding $19.3 million in loans to provide broadband in rural portions of Illinois and Oklahoma, according to an announcement by Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning. "These loans will help bring high-speed Internet service to rural communities in downstate Illinois and south-central Oklahoma," Glendenning said. "Many rural areas still lack access to the type of reliable, affordable broadband service that can offer better access to jobs, educational, health care and business services."

Southern Plains Cable

In Oklahoma, Southern Plains Cable will receive a $15.3 million loan to build a fiber-optic broadband network serving a 55-square-mile area that includes the communities of Anadarko, Verden, and Chickasha.

Moultrie Independent Telephone Company
Illinois' Moultrie Independent Telephone Company will receive a $4 million loan to make upgrades to fiber service in a portion of its service territory.

Both loans are being provided through USDA's Telecommunications Programs of the Rural Utilities Service. Telecommunications Programs funds equipment and infrastructure to deliver broadband and distance learning and telemedicine services to rural areas.

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