Over $80 million in additional funds awarded to Mapcom clients closing the digital divide across rural America
This summer the USDA began announcing awards from round two of the Broadband ReConnect Program. The second round offered an additional $550 million in loans and grants to fund the construction, improvement or acquisition of facilities and equipment necessary to provide reliable, high-speed broadband service to rural areas. This total was augmented by an additional $100 million in funding from the CARES Act.
Eleven Mapcom Systems by VertiGIS clients are among the 83 projects funded in 2020: Ben Lomand, Direct Communications, Farmers Mutual Telephone Company, Matanuska Telephone Association, Midvale Telephone, Mon-Cre Telephone, NATCO Communications, Peoples Rural Telephone, Pioneer Telephone, Randolph Communications, and Union Telephone.
Together these organizations will receive $81,692,293 that will be used to bring fiber broadband access to 7,340 households and more than 20 critical community facilities, healthcare centers, and educational facilities in 10 states.
In total, 19 Mapcom clients have been awarded more than $200 million in ReConnect funding for broadband projects impacting over 39,000 households in 12 states. The program has now invested over $1.2 billion into rural broadband nationwide.
Mapcom is proud to partner with and support these companies in their effort to close the digital divide that impacts families, businesses, and communities in rural America. According to the FCC, more than 30 million Americans still lack sufficient access to broadband service, primarily in rural areas.
About Mapcom Systems
Mapcom Systems is the developer of the M4® Solutions Suite and Pinpoint811™, applications empowering communication service providers to combine data, automation, and fiber management tools to create a complete view of their network that fosters efficiency and growth. Mapcom is a proud part of the VertiGIS family, helping people all over the world benefit from the power of GIS. Learn more at www.mapcom.com.
VertiGIS is a leading geographic information systems (GIS) solution provider and software developer. Its focus is the development of software solutions and services that help utilities, land management, public sector, energy, telecommunications, and industry customers build bridges between their business processes and location technology. The VertiGIS product portfolio is used by thousands of customers and millions of end-users around the world, and is designed to enhance the capabilities of leading mapping software, most notably Esri’s ArcGIS®. Major product brands include UT for ArcGIS®, the 3A product line, Geocortex®, GEONIS, ConnectMaster™, M4® Solutions, Pinpoint811™, GeoOffice, WebOffice and ProOffice. Further information can be found at www.vertigis.com