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USDA invests $23 million in broadband for rural North Dakota

Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 8, 2020
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development North Dakota State Director Clare Carlson announced USDA has invested $23 million in two high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 2,643 rural households and 78 businesses in North Dakota.
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This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.

Topics: USDA broadband rural North Dakota

Polar Communications will use a $21.2 million loan and grant combination in ReConnect Program funding to construct a fiber-to-the-premises network encompassing 1,870 square miles.

The service area is expected to reach 2,237 households, six educational facilities, one health care center and one critical community facility in Grand Forks, Walsh and Pembina counties.

Polar Communications provides telecommunications services to more than 8,000 subscribers in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Its fiber-optic network provides voice, video and broadband services.

Polar Communications also provides advanced business services such as phone systems, video surveillance and advanced networking.

Daktel Communications will use a $1.8 million ReConnect Program grant to provide broadband service to 406 households and three educational facilities over 354 square miles.

Daktel Communications is a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier that provides services within the Jamestown, N.D., exchange.