$600 million pilot program to bring broadband into rural areas

From left, Steve Foshee, CEO of Tombigbee Electric Cooperative; Governor Kay Ivey; U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt; and Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture at the official announcement made Thursday afternoon, May 3, at Tombigee's headquarters in Hamilton

HAMILTON - Officials from the federal to state level gathered for the grand announcement Thursday afternoon, May 3, of a $600 million pilot program designed to help bring broadband or high speed internet into rural areas.
As part of that program, Tombigbee Electric Cooperative was awarded a $2.98 million grant administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service. Funded under the Community Connect Broadband Grant Program, that portion of the  funding primarily will be used to extend broadband services in Marion County.
However, Winston County will also receive their piece of the pie through the $600 million program, announced U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt, a native of Haleyville, who was present for the announcement along with Governor Kay Ivey, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as well as numerous other state, area and state officials.
Thanks to this funding, Tombigbee will be mapping out the areas where broadband service will be extended with plans to begin implementing these changes hopefully within the year, Aderholt said.

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