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Funding to expand rural internet annonced

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Posted at 8:29 AM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 09:29:24-05

WASHINGTON D.C. — Congressman Clay Higgins announced today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will award more than $342 million for rural broadband expansion in Louisiana.

The investment comes through the FCC's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and will expand internet access to nearly 176,000 unserved homes and businesses over the next 10 years.

More than $33 million will be allocated for Louisiana's 3rd District, impacting nearly 20,000 homes and businesses.

· Acadia Parish - $4,666,219
· Calcasieu Parish - $4,612,805
· Cameron Parish - $881,896
· Iberia Parish - $821,790
· Jeff Davis Parish - $10,242,111
· Lafayette Parish - $422,720
· St. Landry Parish - $6,961,720
· St. Martin Parish - $1,237,039
· St. Mary Parish - $1,859,845
· Vermilion Parish - $1,304,399

"Access to high-speed broadband service has become critical for everyday life. These investments provide much-needed support and help lessen connectivity gaps in Louisiana's rural communities. We support those efforts and will continue working to expand reliable and high-quality broadband access throughout Louisiana." said Congressman Clay Higgins