Northwest Kansas' Rural Telephone Service Co. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Nex-Tech, were awarded more than $101 million in Recovery Act funding to build broadband Internet infrastructure in central and western Kansas, state officials announced this week.
The Lenora-based telecommunications cooperative and its Hays-based subsidiary will receive a grant of $49.6 million and a loan of $51.6 million to development broadband Internet in a 4,600 square-mile area that has virtually no broadband service.
The counties include Decatur, Ellis, Gove, Graham, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Rooks, Sheridan, Smith and Trego.
The funding comes from the Broadband Initiatives Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service as part of the federal stimulus bill.
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The USDA announced broadband projects totaling $309,923,352 in 11 states.