USDA Investment in Rural Telecommunications Aims to Boost Telemedicine Efforts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a $16 million in grants to improve rural telecommunications equipment in 25 states, in part to foster the expansion of telemedicine in these areas.

The funding is part of USDA's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loan and Grant program, through which the USDA has already invested close to $150 million. These investments complement other USDA efforts to improve rural communications — in fiscal year 2013, USDA provided $305 million in loans for broadband infrastructure in rural areas.

A complete list of grant recipients can be found here.

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