Congressman Vicente Gonzalez Announces Nearly $500,000 for Broadband in Jim Hogg County
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced Jim Hogg County was awarded a $497,909 grant by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand broadband connections to unserved and underserved rural Texas homes and businesses. This is part of the third wave of support raised from last year’s nationwide Connect America Fund Phase II auction which aims to increase digital accessibility in rural America.
In total, the FCC authorized more than $524 million to expand rural broadband across the nation with $76.7 million in funding allocated to rural counties in Texas over the next decade.
“Rural broadband funding is key to closing the gap between urban and rural America,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “With more citizens connected to high-speed internet, we can better educate our students and prepare our workforce for a 21st century digital economy. We need to invest more in rural and digital infrastructure to assure that no American is left behind. I will continue to fight to obtain funding to ensure our rural communities have equal access.”
For more information on the Connect America Fund, click here.
For more information on the results of the auction, click here.