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High-speed broadband investment in rural Louisiana

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Posted at 2:05 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 15:05:38-05

The federal government is investing $12 million to provide broadband service to Evangeline, Avoyelles, Concordia, Pointe Coupee and Rapides parishes.

The plan is to connect 3,857 rural homes, 69 businesses, 149 farms, five schools and two community facilities - a health care service and a fire station.

“Broadband connectivity has been something our rural communities have needed for quite some time," said Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. "In my past meetings with White House officials on infrastructure challenges in rural communities, we’ve discussed the importance of rural America’s need for better access to technology. Investing in broadband service in underserved areas will allow for a better quality of life for our rural communities.”

Over a 10 year period, Louisiana is expected to receive more than $342 million to expand broadband access in rural Louisiana.

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