Rural Illinois ReConnect funding to help hundreds

Rural BroadbandAdams TelSystems, Inc. [Adams Fiber] will use a recent $1.6 million ReConnect grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network which will connect 440 people, 34 farms and 18 businesses within its new service area.

The Adams Fiber expansion will provide service to the Columbus area northeast of Quincy Regional Airport. The monies are part of the $600 million Congress allocated in the second round of the ReConnect program.

“Today’s broadband is the telephone of yesteryear,” says Jim Broemmer, Adams Fiber CEO. “Broadband isn’t a nice-to-have service, it’s a must-have just like phone service was years ago.”

“We know that rural communities need robust, modern infrastructure to flourish and that includes having access to broadband e-Connectivity,” says USDA Rural Development State Director Doug Wilson. “Broadband is no longer a luxury. It is essential for education, health care and public safety. I’m excited about the tremendous benefits broadband will have for these farmers, families and rural businesses.”