$30 million rural internet grant brings VP Kamala Harris to Sunset, LA

Vice President Kamala Harris visited the town of Sunset in St. Landry Parish Monday to celebrate a $30 million federal grant that will fund high-speed internet in 11 rural Acadiana communities. 

“This is just a down payment,” Harris told a packed-in crowd at the Sunset Community Center. 

“Every household in America should be able to access and afford (high-speed internet). I separate those two points, access and afford, because you need both. You need to lay down the fiber. But you also need to be able to pay for and afford it. So these both are priorities for our administration.”

The $30 million grant is coming from the federal Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration as part of its $277 million Broadband Infrastructure Program. 

Acadiana’s getting a $30M grant:What’s in it?

The funds will be used to build high-speed fiber optic internet infrastructure to some 22,000 households in rural Acadiana whose areas do not have access to reasonable internet speeds. 

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