• More than $16 million in Alleghany County, Va., to provide fiber-based broadband infrastructure. The goal is to foster economic development by providing the ability for people to work from home, and to improve the health, education and public safety of county residents.
• Nearly $4 million for Butler Telephone Co., in Butler, Ala., to provide high-speed DSL to remote homes in its territory, built so it can be easily upgraded in the future.
• About $3 million (and another $1.5 million in matching funds) to build a fiber-optic network in Meriden and Archer, Iowa, with speeds exceeding 20 Mbps.
According to the Associated Press, the USDA's Rural Utilities Service has given out $363.7 million for 22 broadband projects across the country.
The NTIA has awarded about $200 million in grants for 15 projects.
Applications for the next — and final round — of broadband funding from the USDA are due by March 15.
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