New Reconnect program promises high internet speed in rural communites

West Virginia

A new broadband program is set to encourage e-connectivity in rural communities nationwide.

Both United States Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) promises to offer $600 million in loans and grants to broadband infrastructure in rural America.

During an interview, Sen. Capito says she expects the new Reconnect Program to benefit children pursuing their education. 

“Children come home with assignments and in some cases they can’t connect from their own home which puts them behind in the classroom. We want to make sure that the education aspects of high connectivity are there.”

The USDA says telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities,internet service providers and municipalities may apply to the program.

Sen. Capito says the program is expected to begin near the spring of 2019.

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