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Major south Texas broadband project receives stimulus funds


Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples congratulates the Valley Telephone Cooperative for obtaining a $40 million loan and $38 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Broadband Initiatives Program. To date, Valley Telephone Cooperative is the only entity from Texas to receive funding from the $7.2 billion federal stimulus programs designed to increase broadband accessibility.

"The funding announcement for Valley Telephone Cooperative is great news and is an important step forward," Commissioner Staples said. "While we appreciate the funding Texas is receiving, it's important to note, Texas is a big state with big needs, and stimulus funding for broadband deployment should reflect the large and unique challenges we will encounter in expanding broadband services to all parts of the state."

On Feb. 16 the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and USDA posted applications for the remainder of the stimulus funding dedicated to broadband expansion projects. Applicants from Texas should contact the Texas Department of Agriculture or the Public Utility Commission of Texas to announce their intent to participate.

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