The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Thursday that $20,337,000 (million) will be invested in rural broadband in Giles County and North Alabama area.
The money is coming in the form of a loan to Ardmore Telephone Company, which will install 435 miles of Fiber optic cable that will provide improved internet service in five rural towns.
The new infrastructure provided for by the loan will be split between Ardmore, New Market and Elkmont, Minor Hill, and McBurg.
The network installed by Ardmore Telephone Company will be a Fiber-to-the-Premises setup, meaning that consumers will have to see to the connection between their home and the newly installed fiber network on the street, a task which can usually be accomplished in communication with the internet provider.
The $20 million coming to the area is part of a nearly $87 million package that will benefit rural Americans in eight states.