Broadband to expand across Malheur County with federal money

VALE – Malheur County will get federal funds to beef up its broadband capability.

The effort is part of a Federal Communications Commission program to invest nearly $68 million over the next 10 years across 10 rural Oregon counties – including Malheur – for broadband improvements.

Now, about 95% of Malheur County residents have access to broadband services. About 1,000 residents do not have access to broadband, said Phil Montano, a spokesman for BroadbandNow, an industry research firm.

“Expanding access to rural broadband in Oregon brings us closer to narrowing the urban/rural digital divide and ushers rural Oregonians into the 21st Century,” said U. S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon.

“I am grateful the FCC recognizes the need to expand rural broadband in Oregon,” he said.

Broadband is important because it permits residents to utilize high-speed internet services that . . .