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Virginia Electric Coops Win $162 Million for Universal Broadband Efforts

Four electric cooperatives in Virginia will provide high-speed internet access across 20 counties and connect more than 50,000 residents and businesses after winning $162 million in recently announced state and federal grants.

North Carolina Electric Cooperative Awarded $6 Million to Aid Members with Energy-Efficiency Upgrades

Roanoke Electric Cooperative (Roanoke) in North Carolina was recently awarded a $6 million loan by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program designed to help rural businesses fight climate change, create jobs, and expand access to renewable technologies. Roanoke will use the funds to expand its existing energy-efficiency program and to aid the cooperative’s broadband subsidiary...

FCC Announces Additional Funding for Rural Broadband Expansion

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved another $700 million in winning bids to be authorized through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund this week, which funding will go to 50 broadband providers for projects in 26 states. The primary beneficiary of the funds was Conexon Connect, a fiber provider powered by electric cooperatives that works with rural electric cooperatives...

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.

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