The Pulaski-White Rural Telephone Cooperative has gotten a $19 million loan from the USDA to boost broadband service in the Star City and Buffalo areas. It’s part of more than $86 million in loans to six telecommunications providers announced by USDA Rural Development this week.
Pulaski-White plans to install 355 miles of “Fiber-to-the-Home” technology to replace all of the copper-based facilities in the Buffalo and Star City exchanges. In an announcement of the project back in February, the cooperative said it will lead to upgraded service availability for about 2,500 residents. The work will be done in four phases between 2020 and 2023.