RUS Hands Out $150 Million in Broadband Grants

Projects include WiMAX access points in Minn., fixed wireless for Ariz. reservation

The USDA's Rural Utilities Service said Tuesday (March 23)
it has handed out another $150 million in broadband grants and loans for 12
projects in eight states.

Winning bidders will pony up $68 billion of their own in
matching funds--a requirement of the stimulus funding--making the total
investment $218.2 million.

The states getting the money are Alaska,
Arizona, Illinois,
Kansas, Minnesota,
North Dakota, Oklahoma
and Texas.
The projects range from middle-mile funding in Alaska
to new WiMAX access points in central Minnesota
to fiber-to-the home and fixed wireless to an Arizona reservation.

RUS has so far given out $1.05 billion to projects in 30
states (and one territory).

The grants and loans are part of the $7.2 billion in
stimulus funds set aside in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan (ARRP).