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NRTC Member Wins $3 Million ReConnect Loan

Randy Sukow / Jan 28, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today named NRTC member Grundy Electric Cooperative, Trenton, MO, as the winner of a $3 million loan through the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) ReConnect pilot program. Grundy’s award bestowed under the co-op’s broadband subsidiary name, Mid-States Services LLC, was one of several grants RUS announced today for projects to build high-speed broadband facilities throughout the state of Missouri.

“As a local internet provider, Mid-States Services, LLC, with assistance from the CAF-II Auction and the ReConnect Program, will now have the ability to begin the next phase of our fiber broadband internet project in rural Missouri,” said Scott Wilson, Manager of Mid-States Services, LLC and Grundy EC general manager in a statement thanking USDA.

At a brief award presentation earlier today, Wilson (left) thanked USDA Deputy Under Secretary DJ LaVoy and Jeff Case, USDA’s Missouri state director.  Wilson also thanked Missouri Governor Mike Parson (R, pictured at the presentation below) for bringing rural broadband to the forefront as a critical issue for the state.  

NRTC Broadband Solutions provided the feasibility study, business plan, and network design for Grundy’s fiber project. NRTC also assisted the co-op with preparations for the ReConnect loan application.

The loan will finance a fiber-to-the-home service covering 144.19 square miles. It will reach 566 households serving up to 1,397 residents and connect an elementary school and highway patrol office. It will also complement an earlier award from the FCC’s Connect America Fund II (CAF II) program.

RUS received $1.4 billion in requests for support from the $550 million ReConnect program earlier this year. So far, RUS has awarded $343,429,703 in ReConnect support through Jan. 27. NRTC Broadband Solutions is eager to assist all members prepare and file their applications for broadband loans and grants and to assist with all phases of broadband deployment.

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