The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has authorized $502 million in loans and grants to improve internet access in rural communities across 20 states. This is the third round of funding for the department’s ReConnect Loan and Grant Program. The funds come from the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law. The following Texas entities will receive funds for fiber projects:

  • Blossom Telephone Company – $2.3m loan and $2.3m grant
  • Big Bend Telephone Company Inc. – $24m grant
  • Taylor Telephone Cooperative Inc – $16.3m loan and $16.3m grant
  • Totelcom Communications LLC – $3.9m loan