Hoeven Announces $5.6 Million in Federal Funding Annually to Increase High-Speed Internet Access for Rural North Dakotans

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven announced today that CenturyLink, Inc., a global IT services, communications and hosting company, has notified the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it will accept $5.6 million in annual, ongoing support from the Connect America Fund to support and expand broadband for more than 8,000 rural residents living in North Dakota.

“We have worked hard to promote innovation and economic growth in North Dakota, and as a result, our state has become a leader in high-tech industry,” Hoeven said. “Expanding broadband to rural service areas supports our efforts to provide North Dakotans, whether living in cities or rural areas, with fast, reliable internet, empowering them to better access educational, health and commercial opportunities.”

As a member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture and Appropriations Committees, Hoeven continues working to support rural development programs that promote investment and help grow North Dakota’s rural communities.