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Electric Cooperative CEO Appointed to Texas Broadband Council

Texas Governor Greg Abbot appointed Bill Hetherington, CEO of the Bandera Electric Cooperative, to the Governor’s Broadband Development Council. The council studies and identifies ways to provide internet access to underserved areas in Texas.

USDA Invests in Broadband Expansion

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $167 million across 12 states to launch broadband infrastructure in underserved rural areas. The investment is expected to provide 100,000 people with high-speed internet access.

Missouri Cooperatives and Farmers Lobby Lawmakers to Increase Broadband Funding

Missouri coops and farmers testified before the House Interim Committee on Broadband Development to increase funding for broadband development. Missouri ranks 32nd in the nation in broadband access.

Three Coastal Georgia Counties to Launch Broadband

Coastal Electric Cooperative is planning to invest $40 million with a new broadband provider to serve 16,000 homes and businesses in Georgia’s Liberty County, Bryan County and Long County. The project is expected to be completed in four years.

Vermont Governor Appoints Chair to Broadband Board

Vermont Governor Phil Scott appointed Patty Richards, the general manager of Washington Electric Cooperative, to the state’s newly established Vermont Community Broadband Board. The Board is responsible for awarding grants and assisting with the planning, development and implementation of broadband projects.

Northern Neck Broadband Project to Deliver Universal Internet Access

Northern Neck Electric Cooperative, Dominion Energy Virginia and All Points Broadband recently celebrated groundbreaking on the first phase of a project that will deliver fiber-optic broadband access to approximately 7,200 currently unserved households and businesses in Virginia’s Northern Neck region. This phase of the project will use a $10 million grant from the Virginia...

Louisiana Electric Cooperative to Offer Broadband Services

A rural Louisiana electric coop has decided to go into the broadband internet business. The board of directors of Northeast Louisiana Electric Power Cooperative voted Tuesday to borrow $54 million to set up the infrastructure for broadband access in its coverage area.

Broadband Access Expanding in Virginia

The Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, recently signed HB2304 and SB1413 in Franklin, Virginia. The law will expand broadband access in Virginia by allowing investor-owned electric utilities to recover costs of, and revenue from, expanding broadband to unserved areas. This paves the way for Virginia’s electric cooperatives to create partnerships with other investor-owned electric...

Harris Praises Electric Cooperative’s Rural Broadband Leadership

Vice President Harris recently praised the work of electric cooperatives in delivering affordable broadband internet access to rural areas, comparing it to the electrification efforts in the 1930s. The Biden administration has proposed a $100 billion investment in rural broadband.

NRECA Reacts to Biden’s Commitment to Rural Communities

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) announced it was encouraged to hear President Biden prioritize the needs of rural America in his address to Congress. Specifically appreciated was his emphasis on the need to modernize rural infrastructure and expand rural broadband access.

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