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GOVERNOR'S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                   

August 4, 2010

Contacts: Anna Richter Taylor, 503-378-6169
Rem Nivens, 503-378-6496
Nicole Charlson (Recovery Act Team), 503-373-0289

Oregon Receives Additional $17 Million in Grants for Broadband Technology

Federal Recovery Act dollars will expand access to broadband in rural communities and create jobs

(Salem) – Governor Ted Kulongoski today announced that the U.S. Department Agriculture awarded Oregon $17 million in the second round of broadband technology grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act).  The funding will be used to develop and expand access to high-speed Internet service to rural communities as well as create jobs. Oregon received approximately $16 million in the first round of grants on July 2nd.

“Oregon’s rural communities will gain opportunities in employment, education, and business through broadband development,” Governor Ted Kulongoski said.  “Broadband services are vital to attracting employers to Oregon and creating jobs and this investment will help us create those economic opportunities in areas of our state that need the most help.”

This innovative and expanding technology provides business opportunities through e-commerce and will allow small businesses to be more competitive nationally and globally.  Affordable broadband services will be available for thousands of homes and will provide expanded opportunities for education, health care information exchanges, public safety agencies, public libraries, and business development.

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) awarded the grants through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.  Recipients of the grants are:

Monroe Telephone Company - $5.6 million

This project will provide broadband services to unserved rural areas of Lane and Benton counties in Oregon, adjoining Monroe Telephone Company's current service area using Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP). More than 2,300 people, approximately 29 local businesses and 7 community institutions stand to benefit from this improved service.

Warm Springs Telecommunications Company - $5.4 million

This award will allow The Warm Springs Telecommunications Company to construct a hybrid fiber/wireless network throughout the Reservation of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Warm Spring's Telecommunications Company's project stands to benefit over 1,800 people. In addition, over 18 businesses and 22 community institutions including administrative buildings, schools, health care facilities, all police/fire and public safety radio towers will benefit from this project.

Cascade Utilities, Inc. - $5.2 million

This grant will allow Cascade Utilities to place over 127 miles of fiber optic cable along with installing and/or changing out 21 Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers in rural Oregon. Cascade Utilities' project stands to benefit nearly 14,000 people. In addition, over 1,100 businesses and 19 community institutions will benefit from this project.

Cascade Networks, Inc. - $3.7 million ($1.1 M to Oregon, $2.6 M to Washington State)

This award to Cascade Networks, Inc. with an additional $1.2 million of outside capital will extend broadband reach to unserved customers in Columbia County, Oregon. Cascade Network's project stands to benefit approximately 3,100 people, 200 businesses, and 5 community institutions.

 

For more information about Broadband Technology Opportunities Program projects, click here.

To view the Oregon recovery website, go to:  www.oregon.gov/recovery.

For the federal recovery website, go to:  www.recovery.gov.

 

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