NTCA Members Win USDA ReConnect Funding to Support Rural Broadband Deployment

For Immediate Release
Contact: Carolyn Just cjust@ntca.org (703) 351-2015

Arlington, Va., (November 15, 2019)—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced in recent days that several members of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association will receive significant funding through its ReConnect program to improve high-speed broadband connectivity in rural communities of Missouri, Iowa, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

USDA has announced tens of millions of dollars in combined funding will go to Premier Communications (Sioux Center, Iowa), GRM Networks (Princeton, Mo.), Star Communications (Clinton, N.C.), and Oklahoma Western Telephone Company (Clayton, Okla.) to improve connectivity for rural households and farms. NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield issued the following statement congratulating the efforts:

“NTCA applauds the significant investment from USDA in the deployment of broadband across rural America, and we are even more delighted that several investments will support the efforts of four NTCA member companies to bring robust broadband services to unserved rural communities. NTCA members have been building a better future for their rural communities for decades, and as hometown providers, their commitment to connecting rural America is second to none. I extend my sincerest congratulations to the awardees.”