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Cooperative to Acquire Fiber Broadband Services

Choptank Electric Cooperative and its subsidiary have finalized a deal to acquire thousands of broadband customers from Bay Country Communications over the next decade.

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Urges Congress to Reduce Broadband Costs through Permitting Reform

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) senior vice president told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee that the 200 electric cooperatives which provide broadband to their members face expensive delays in permitting, complicating access to the $42.5 billion in the Broadband Equity, Access and Development Program.

Florida’s Broadband Opportunity Program Awards $13.3 Million to Providers for Extension of Broadband Service

The state of Florida has awarded $22 million in funding in order to extend high-speed broadband to areas where it is not currently available.  Suwanee Valley Electric Cooperative was awarded $5 million of the funding to extend broadband service to the City of Live Oak.

SEMO Electric Cooperative Granted over $16 Million to Improve Internet Access in Rural Missouri

The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced a grant of over $16 million to SEMO Electric Cooperative as part of its Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program.  The grant will help to bring fiber internet service to parts of Stoddard and Butler counties in rural southeast Missouri.

Missouri Department of Economic Development Awards SEMO Electric Cooperative $16.6 Million for Broadband Development

Through the American Rescue Plan Act, the Missouri Department of Economic Development awarded $261 million to 60 recipients. SEMO Electric Cooperative was allocated $16,602,060 for three broadband projects in Butler and Stoddard Counties.

Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative CEO Urges Congress to Prioritize Broadband in Rural America

As congress weighs programs to include in the new Farm Bill, electric cooperatives have weighed in.  Aaron Young, president and co-CEO of 17,000 member Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, recently said that rural broadband which connects every home, business and community with reliable internet service should be a priority in the bill when speaking at a Farm Bill listening session...

Two Illinois Electric Cooperatives to Receive $36 Million in Federal Broadband Funding

Hamilton County Telephone Co-Op and Shelby Electric Cooperative Inc. are the recipients of more than $36 million in federal funding under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to expand high-speed internet in their service territories.

Alabama Electric Cooperatives to Use Grant Funds for Broadband Network

A new $82.45 million grant will be used by Fiber Utility Network, a corporation formed by eight rural electric cooperatives, to fund broadband expansion efforts in unserved rural areas.

Choptank Electric Cooperative Receives $23 Million for Fiber Expansion

Choptank Electric Cooperative in Maryland has been awarded $23 million from the state to provide high-speed internet to residents. The grant help provide internet service to almost every unserved address in Caroline County.

New Mexico to Receive Funds for Rural High-Speed Internet

New Mexico will receive more than $100 million for high-speed internet projects in rural areas. The projects, part of a $401 million national funding announcement, are supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect program.

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