SPRINGFIELD – US Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and US Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced $36,103,607 in federal funding through the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to bring high-speed internet access to people who live and work. across 13 counties in Illinois. Today’s investment includes funding from Infrastructure Investment and Projects Act (IIJA), which is providing a historic $65 billion to expand reliable, affordable, high-speed internet to all communities across the United States.
“The pandemic has underscored that Illinoisans need access to high-speed internet to run businesses and farms, go to school, access healthcare, connect with family and friends, and more,” Durbin said. “Today’s grant announcements for Hamilton County Telephone Co-Op and Shelby Electric Cooperative will help make high-speed internet access a reality for people in rural Illinois. I will continue to work with Sen. Duckworth to bring these federal funds home to Illinois.
“Representing rural communities means ensuring every single Illinoisan has access to reliable electricity and broadband—no matter their zip code,” Duckworth said. “As we’ve seen throughout the pandemic, we know that internet access is critical to public health, the success of small businesses, educating our children, improving the quality of life and more. I’m proud to join Senator Durbin in announcing this important investment to bring broadband to more many communities in our state, and I will continue to advocate for improved infrastructure for working families across Illinois and our nation.
Today’s announcement includes federal funding for two Illinois Cooperatives:
- Hamilton County Telephone Co-Op: $12,413,362
This Rural Development investment will be used to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network to connect 3,202 people, 248 farms, and 52 businesses to high-speed internet in Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Saline, Wayne, and White counties. Hamilton County Telephone Co-Op will make high-speed internet possible by participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity and Lifeline program.
- Shelby Electric Cooperative Inc.: $23,690,245
This Rural Development investment will be used to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network to connect 4,057 people, 511 farms, 61 businesses, and two educational facilities to high-speed internet in Christian, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Montgomery, Moultrie, and Shelby counties. Shelby Electric Cooperative will make high-speed internet possible by participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program.