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Alabama Cooperatives Receive Grants to Build Broadband

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will administer $188 million in grants to expand high-speed internet in the state. Beneficiaries include Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, Cullman Electric Cooperative, Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corp., and Tombigbee Electric Cooperative.

NRECA Urges Coops to Apply for Federal Broadband Funding

The federal Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program is offering up to $42.5 billion in funding to deploy or upgrade broadband networks to increase access to high-speed internet service in rural areas. NRECA is encouraging coops to begin evaluating the new rules for the grants, noting that if coops do not apply and win it to serve their areas, “someone else...

Florida Cooperatives Receive Federal Funds for Rural Broadband Expansion Projects

Five Florida electric cooperatives and their broadband partner have collectively secured nearly $56 million dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funding to deploy multi-gigabit-capable fiber-to-the-home networks in rural communities. The expansion is expected to span 20 counties and serve the cooperatives’ nearly 100,000 members.

Florida Cooperatives Providing Broadband Now Subject to State Pole Attachment Regulations

Florida recently enacted a law subjecting electric cooperatives that provide broadband service to pole attachment regulation by the Florida Public Service Commission. Florida previously maintained the same regulatory exemption for electric cooperative poles as Federal law, but now if an electric cooperative in any way provides broadband service, then it will be subject to Florida’s...

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...

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