Farmers Telecommunications System (FTS) has received a $2.9 billion federal grant to expand its network and provide better customer service, including better access to the internet, for farmers.
The Farmers Communication System (FCS) will receive a $1.4 billion grant to extend its reach, build a new network and increase broadband speeds, said an FTS release today.
The grant will allow FTS to expand the capacity of its network by 50% to 200,000 farmhouses and 100,000 rural communities, according to the release.FTS has previously received more than $1 billion in grants to improve its network, the release said.FTP is a telecommunications service that delivers wireline communications services to rural communities and farmers.
The USDA and the FCS will use the funds to support FTS’ expansion of its broadband network, which includes its fiber optic infrastructure and mobile wireless access network, according the release, which said the funding would support FTF’s workforce.
Fts broadband service will be available to approximately 2.5 million households nationwide, including 1.1 million farmers, according a USDA news release.
Farmers Communications has been a provider of telecommunications services since 1966.
The FTS will provide FTS with the infrastructure needed to provide broadband service to the farmers, who make up nearly one-third of FTS customers.
The FTS is the fourth-largest provider of broadband services in the nation, according data from the Federal Communications Commission.