“What can I do to bring broadband to my rural community?” That’s a question a lot of people from rural communities are asking, and it’s good to know that now there is one more way to help those without a rural broadband plan to bring high-speed internet service to their homes and businesses.
Communities interested in using broadband service to help revitalize small-town main streets and promote economic development are encouraged to apply for Cool & Connected, a pilot program sponsored by USDA’s Rural Utilities Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Sustainable Communities. Through Cool & Connected, a team of experts will help community members develop strategies and an action plan for using planned or existing broadband service to promote smart, sustainable community development.
This is a great opportunity for a small-town to receive technical assistance for revitalizing small town main streets by using planned or existing broadband Service. Quality broadband access can provide new opportunities for people and businesses.
Broadband increases access to markets, opens doors to educational opportunities, expands access to health care and connects people to a world of social media and entertainment. Since 2009, USDA has awarded almost $6.7 billion for 550 projects to improve telecommunications in rural communities. This includes $2.9 billion under the Recovery Act to build 254 successful projects that can offer broadband access to nearly 6 million people across rural America.
Now, communities without the planning expertise to make rural broadband a reality can get assistance.
For details, click on the Cool & Connected link, then submit your letter of interest to Ed Fendley at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Kindly include Cool & Connected and the name of your community in your e-mail subject line.