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USDA helps expand broadband service in rural Illinois and Oklahoma

Staff Writer |
Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA is awarding $19.3 million in loans to provide broadband in rural portions of Illinois and Oklahoma.

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In Oklahoma, Southern Plains Cable will receive a $15.3 million loan to build a fiber-optic broadband network serving a 55-square-mile area that includes the communities of Anadarko, Verden, and Chickasha.

Illinois' Moultrie Independent Telephone Company will receive a $4 million loan to make upgrades to fiber service in a portion of its service territory.

Both loans are being provided through USDA's Telecommunications Programs of the Rural Utilities Service.

Telecommunications Programs funds equipment and infrastructure to deliver broadband and distance learning and telemedicine services to rural areas.

USDA's Rural Utilities Service also offers infrastructure programs that bring electric service, safe drinking water and improved wastewater treatment facilities to rural communities.

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