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Sacramento agency gets $2.7 million to support broadband in rural California counties

By on August 25, 2022 0

The federal government is giving a Sacramento-based agency, the Golden State Finance Authority, $2.7 million to expand high-speed internet throughout California.

Patrick Blacklock heads the agency’s parent company, Rural County Representatives of California.

“We’re very excited,” Blacklock said. “The funding from this grant will really accelerate and serve as a catalyst for our efforts to roll out broadband to our rural communities.”

The grant will focus on developing strategic plans to understand where high-speed internet exists in 26 rural counties across the state, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“When you don’t have it, the simplest things can be difficult, up to and including getting your kids involved in online education,” Blacklock said. “We recently met a family in Alpine County who had been unable to fully participate in their school and were home schooling in an effort to maintain the children’s education in the absence of high internet access. debit.

The grant money comes from the nearly $2 trillion US bailout package passed by Congress last year.



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