United Communications Awarded $3.3 Million from USDA for Broadband Targeting Rural Tennessee Communities
Feb. 13, 2020. The Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested $9 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for many rural households, businesses and farms. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.
United Communications Inc. has been awarded a $3.3 million portion of the ReConnect Program grant to provide broadband service to residents and businesses in rural Lincoln, Marshall, Williamson and Wilson counties. The partnership of United Communications and Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation will match this $3.3 million with $3.3 million of their own money to help bring fiber service to many rural households with inadequate or no bandwidth. The funded service areas include approximately 1,154 households, businesses and farms in areas of Wilson county, Triune, Almaville, Peytonsville, Bethesda, Petersburg and adjoining areas of the build.
“We celebrate another huge step in executing on our mission of enriching our communities and the lives of our neighbors through reliable connections and passionate service,” said William Bradford, President & CEO, United Communications. “These folks deserve the quality of life that broadband provides and we are very excited to be the community-focused company to bridge the broadband gap for our rural neighbors.”