Making the connection – Round 2 ReConnect Applications Accepted thru March 16th

Emery Telecom and Dolores County In March 2018, Congress provided $600 million to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand broadband infrastructure and services in rural America for Round One of the ReConnect Program. USDA recently announced an additional $550 million available for Round-Two funding in 2020.

These grants, loans and combination funds enable USDA and the federal government to partner with the private sector and rural communities to build modern broadband infrastructure in areas with insufficient internet service. Insufficient service is defined as connection speeds of less than 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload. The application funding window is now open and applications for all funding projects will be accepted through March 16, 2020.

Recently, Denver was host to a ReConnect training.  Emery Telcom, based in Orangeville, Utah, was previously awarded $2.7 million in Round One to develop an FTTP network in San Juan County in Utah and Dolores County, Colorado.  Representatives from Emery Telcom and Dolores County were recognized at the training in Denver (pictured above).The investment will impact 528 households, 20 farms and ranches, 15 small businesses, as well as the fire department, Sheriff’s office and schools in Dove Creek, Colo.

For information on the program in Colorado, contact brian.smith1@usda.gov.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.