WASHINGTON, D.C. ñ Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) recently announced that a total of $6,651,830 will be coming to Iowa for projects to bring broadband internet access to businesses and residents in rural communities.
The grants and loans are being provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and were funded in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.Harkin worked to secure these funds through his role as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, which wrote the Recovery Act.
"Broadband internet access is a necessary utility for people to stay connected, get information and even for students to do their homework. In order for small towns to thrive and rural businesses to stay competitive, it is important that we provide resources to connect Iowans with this critical utility," said Harkin. "Additionally, the projects associated with expanding broadband infrastructure will create good jobs and boost Iowa's economy."
C-M-L Telephone Cooperative Association will receive a $1,519,225 grant and $1,519,225 loan. Funding will provide services via a fiber optic network to rural communities with high speed internet exceeding 20 Mbps. The Association is headquartered in the community of Meriden. It is member owned and serves the communities of Cleghorn, Larrabee and Meriden in Cherokee County, and Archer in O'Brien County. Along with these communities, it also serves approximately 225 square miles of rural Cherokee and O'Brien counties