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Release No. STELPRD4013214
ContactDarin Leach515-284-4747
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(NOVEMBER 18, 2011) RURAL IOWA GETS BROADBAND BOOST FROM USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT
More than $36 million awarded to telephone companies in Mediapolis, La Porte City and Griswold

Des Moines, Nov 18, 2011 -- DES MOINES, Iowa – November 18, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced $410 million in funding for telephone utilities to build, expand and improve broadband in their rural service territories across 15 states, including three projects in rural Iowa.

“This funding will provide residents of these rural communities with high speed internet connections to improve healthcare and educational opportunities and connect to global markets,” Vilsack said. “In addition to providing much needed services to rural businesses and residents, these investments will increase jobs, not just in the near term, but through expanded opportunities in rural areas.”

Three projects in Iowa are receiving a total of $36 million to enhance broadband service throughout the state. Project information and locations include:

    • Mediapolis Telephone Company--$13,401,000 in loan funds will be used to make system upgrades to the transport system and the network architecture from the existing copper Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) to FTTP broadband systems.

    • Griswold Cooperative Telephone Company--$12,747,000 in loan funds will be used to complete a system-wide FTTP network, enhancing broadband service to all subscribers.

    • La Porte City Telephone Company--$9,867,000 in loan funds will be used to make system improvements, including installation of a FTTP broadband network that will serve all of the borrower's subscribers. A total of 297 miles of buried fiber optic cable will be deployed, enabling downstream data rates of up to 20 Mbps.

This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,900 jobs, aided 2,000 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 80 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.

Contact USDA Rural Development

For more information about finance programs through USDA Rural Development, please call the (515) 284-4663.USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities and areas. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.

Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.

USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender with a variety of grant and direct and guaranteed loan programs for single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and industry programs.

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Later that day at 7 p.m. on Menner will be facilitating a discussion on the vision for rural economic development in the Midwest. He will be interviewing Kim Didier, executive director, Des Moines Area Community College Business Resources and Sandy Ehrig, economic development administrator, Renew Rural Iowa/Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

Other presenters and topics on Wednesday and Thursday of the symposium include Richard Longworth, award-winning foreign correspondent with the Chicago Tribune “The Midwest’s Future in the Age of Globalism” and Jay Walljasper, contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler “The Heartland’s Proud Commoners: How a Rediscovery of the Commons Can Boost the Region’s Future.

For more information about the symposium please call XX or visit www.xxxx.

USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender with a variety of direct and guaranteed rural credit programs involving single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and cooperative programs.

During the past year USDA Rural Development funds have allowed the agency to help create or retain more than 2,200 jobs in rural Iowa, aid 2,500 families in buying their own homes and assist more than 250 rural communities as they make improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.

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State Director Menner Participating Rural Vision Symposium at Grinnell College … page 2

For more information about finance programs through USDA Rural Development, please call (515) 284-4663.

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.

Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.

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Last Modified:08/29/2012 
 
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