Funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ReConnect program will support broadband connectivity improvements in Minnesota
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) announced over $5 million in funding provided to Harmony Telephone Company for rural broadband deployment in the Harmony area. The funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s ReConnect program will support high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will improve connectivity for rural Minnesota households.
“Our 21st century economy demands 21st century infrastructure, and that will require investments in rural broadband,” Klobuchar said. “This critical funding will help connect more Minnesotans from Harmony and the surrounding area to high-speed internet. Continued investments in broadband will transform how we do business, provide medical care, educate our children, create jobs, and deliver government services.”
“I’m glad to see this investment in the Harmony area. Broadband is the infrastructure of the 21st Century and if we're going to build an economy that works for everyone, then we need to seriously prioritize deploying high-speed internet to all Americans—just like we did with rural electrification and the interstate highway system,” Smith said. “That’s why I fought to get my provisions to deploy broadband to unserved rural and Tribal communities included in the 2018 Farm Bill, and I’m going to keep working to help build out broadband across the state.”
This rural development investment will provide Harmony Telephone Company in Harmony with the opportunity to deploy a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network in rural areas.
Harmony Telephone Company received a loan of $2,712,002 and a grant of $2,712,002.
USDA’s ReConnect Program provides loans and grants to support the costs of broadband deployment in rural areas. More information can be found here.