“Reliable and affordable electricity is undeniably a necessity in today’s world,” said Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett. That’s why the USDA is investing $398.5 million to improve rural electric service in 13 states. The USDA is making the investments through the Electric Infrastructure Loan Program. The projects will help improve the quality […]
There are more than 19 million people living in rural America who lack access to a broadband internet connections, including about 22 percent of people in rural Iowa, 36 percent of people in rural Illinois, and 25 percent of people in rural South Dakota. A partnership between Microsoft and an Illinois-based wireless internet provider hope to […]
Broadband in rural America — specifically in agriculture — becomes more essential all the time, as access to new technologies is vital.
For the 2018 Farm Bill bill, lawmakers have prioritized a rather small portion of the agricultural act that handles broadband.
Despite pockets of swiftness, the U.S. overall lags far behind other countries in broadband accessibility and affordability.
The USDA is awarding 72 grants totaling $23.6 million through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. Several recipients will use the grants to help address two of the nation’s most urgent needs: opioid abuse treatment and mental health counseling. “Under Secretary Perdue’s leadership, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in creating […]