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Italy, Texas,  – On March 7, the United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) Rural Development Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) AndyBerke, alongside State Director Salerno, visited the city of Italy, Texas, to celebrate thegroundbreaking on a $4.8 million investment for Legacy ISP. The internet serviceprovider to deliver high-speed internet service for rural Texans, connecting 24,306people, 1,064 businesses, 73 educational facilities, and 40 farms to high-speed internet inEllis and Hill counties.

Legacy was started by Thurston Taylor, and Cody Williams, who combined have 30 plusyears of experience in the internet service provider industry to provide high-speedinternet at affordable prices. Legacy partners began the ceremony by thanking USDA forbeing present and allowing the company to develop more internet infrastructure fortheir growing number of rural users.

“We are really glad to be here, responded Burke. Thank you to Legacy for being ourpartner in this, thank you to Mayor Cockran, and thank you to the city’s leadership.President Biden’s goal is to make sure every American has access to affordable, reliable, high-speed internet; this is something he really cares about.

Since its inception, Legacy has been dedicated to offering a fast and reliable broadbandsolution to its local communities where internet service has long been poor to nonexistent. This project begins the construction of a 100 percent fiber-to-the-premisesnetwork to deliver much-needed broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps.

“Texas has almost 5 million rural residents who all deserve high-quality internet, saidSalerno. We have towns in Texas that have no internet, and the towns suffer- the kids inthese communities fall behind because of lack of internet connection. Legacy ISP willdeploy the technology with the high-speed internet access communities need to thrive inan increasingly digital world.”

The groundbreaking is a part of 197 ReConnect project investments by the BidenHarris administration. The investments will bring high-speed internet access toapproximately 500,000 people in rural America. Under the current administration, this isUSDA’s largest effort aimed at filling gaps in high-speed internet in unserved andunderserved rural areas to date.

In the third round of the ReConnect Program, USDA invested $1.66 billion to create orimprove high-speed internet access for rural customers across 31 states and territories. Todate, USDA has announced $1.76 billion for projects in the fourth round of funding.To be eligible for ReConnect Program funding, an applicant must serve an area that lacksaccess to service at speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) (download) and 20 Mbps(upload). The applicant must also commit to building facilities capable of providing highspeed internet service with speeds of 100 Mbps (download and upload) to every locationin its proposed service area.

Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities,create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. Thisassistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing;community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speedinternet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information,

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