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USDA invests $1 million in broadband for rural Indiana

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Posted at 6:32 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 18:32:33-04

FOUNTAIN COUNTY – The USDA is investing $1 million for broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Fountain County, Indiana.

The investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the ReConnect Program, which helps bring high-speed broadband to areas that need it.

Tipmont Rural Electric Membership Corporation will use the $1 million grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network to connect 279 people, 10 businesses and 16 farms to high-speed broadband internet in Fountain County.

“I’m so glad to see this investment in infrastructure in my home state of Indiana,” said USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. “In my conversations with our overseas trading partners, we often speak about the important role of innovation to global agriculture. But innovation depends on access to reliable, high-speed internet. I’m hopeful that investments such as ReConnect can help farmers operate more effectively and efficiently to deliver their products to those across Indiana – and, indeed, across the world.”