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Broadband coming to underserved areas of Malheur County

A federal grant will push high-speed internet to more homes in remote areas of Malheur County, including out near Lake Owyhee. (The Enterprise/file)

Some of the most remote homes in Malheur County are going to get high-speed internet as part of a federally-funded effort to push broadband service into rural areas around the country.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture through its ReConnect program is awarding $12.8 million to Oregon-Idaho Utilities Inc. to expand broadband in Malheur County and parts of Nevada and Idaho. The agency announced the grant last week.

For Malheur County, that means an additional 150 miles of new cable will go in for areas around Lake Owyhee, Rockville, Jordan Valley and Rome.

Doug Musgrave, manager of the Nampa-based company, said the company is adding . . .