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Broadband Services To Expand into "Under-Served" Illinois Areas

A rural telecommunications expert wants to see more broadband expansion in under-served areas of Illinois. Matt Johnson of Shawnee Communications in southeast Illinois says reliability is key in today’s digital world.

And that’s where certain rural areas are not keeping pace.

An Illinois project was awarded a $3.3 million loan from USDA earlier this month to construct 104 miles of fiber cable and provide supporting equipment to deliver enhanced telecommunications services to rural subscribers. The money is going to Viola Home Telephone Company in western Illinois