OXFORD, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Trump Administration announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $5.4 million to provide broadband internet service to parts of rural Eastern Iowa.
The investment is part of $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program, which provides funding to expand broadband infrastructure and services in rural America.
South Slope Cooperative Telephone Company in North Liberty will use a $2.7 million grant and a $2.7 million loan to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network. It will help connect 1,984 people, 147 farms and 26 businesses to high-speed broadband internet in Iowa and Johnson counties.
"Broadband is so important to farms, and other businesses as it can help improve the quality of life in rural communities and help grow rural economies," Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey said.
In round one of the ReConnect Program, the USDA invested $698 million to bring broadband internet access to approximately 167,000 households, 17,000 rural small businesses and farms, and more than 500 health care centers, educational facilities and critical community facilities in 33 states.
To learn more about ReConnect Program eligibility and technical assistance, click here.