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USDA Rural Development awards grants for rural broadband | National news

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Department of Rural Development has awarded approximately $63.3 million in grants and loans to bring high-speed Internet access to communities in the Pacific Northwest.

Funding comes from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Act passed by Congress in 2021. The bill provides $65 billion for rural broadband expansion in the U.S., with $759 million announced on Oct. 27 for 49 projects in 26 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and Palau.

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