HAMILTON CO. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday $3.4 million to be granted to Hamilton County Telephone Co-op to expand high speed broadband internet to over 600 rural homes, farms, and businesses in Hamilton and surrounding counties.
The USDA’s Illinois State Director Douglas Wilson made the announcement at the co-op’s main offices in Dahlgren Friday. He said expanding broadband internet access to every household is the next technological revolution for rural areas, and the co-op is leading the way to provide a higher quality of life for Hamilton County residents.
The announcement, alongside the grant money awarded to Wabash Communications Co-Op for areas of Wayne and Jefferson County in December, comes as a part of round one of grant money to be awarded in broadband internet expansion. A second round has already been announced, and Wilson said it will help continue to expand the ongoing technological revolution.
See the full map of areas to receive broadband internet access through the grant below: