Loan, grant made available for broadband internet in rural areas | New

The US Department of Agriculture will send more than $500 million in loans and grants to telecommunications providers to bring high-speed internet to rural areas in 20 states, Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

The department will spend $360 million in grants and $141 million in loans through its ReConnect program to benefit sparsely populated communities, including in Alaska, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee.

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