USDA invests millions to bring high-speed internet to rural Oregon

The USDA allocated $7 million in funding for high-speed internet in rural Oregon communities. Learn more here.

A major investment in bringing high-speed reliable internet to rural communities in Oregon was announced Tuesday.

Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Jewel Bronaugh joined U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, in Oregon City where they announced $7 million in funding for Clear Creek Communications, a century-old provider in that area.

They say the money will help make broadband more accessible and more affordable for hundreds of people in that community.

“You can’t have big league quality of life in rural Oregon with little league transportation and communications systems,” Wyden said.

The announcement comes on the heels of a more than $20 million investment to Oregon Telephone Corporation.

That funding will provide high-speed internet access to people and businesses in eastern Oregon.