LUS Fiber will extend broadband infrastructure to underserved areas in St. Martin and Iberia parishes and the city of Scott thanks to a $3.1 million federal grant, officials announced Thursday.
(TNS) — LUS Fiber will extend broadband infrastructure to underserved areas in
The grant will help LUS establish fiber connections to businesses along the
The grant was facilitated through the
LUS Fiber provided a $700,000 matching grant for the project.
"The challenge to bring reliable broadband to Acadiana's rural communities has become as important as the delivery of other basic utilities," APC director
The project is significant boost for economic development efforts in those areas, many of which remain reliant on the struggling oil and gas industry. The grant targets initiatives like this one this is focused strictly on the business community as many have been forced to rely on internet capacity to pivot in the current economy.
The EDA plays a key role in facilitating regional economic development in communities across the nation, including a $2 million grant awarded to the
"Communities all across our nation have been faced with how to deal with COVID," said
Various websites specializing in internet speeds rank
But only 27% of residents have access to fiber optic service.
"Running this fiber down (
LUS Fiber has become a leader in building fiber optic lines, which deliver the fastest internet in the country as well as the nation's first gigabit peer-to-peer intranet. The system also is beneficial for the
The internet provider was also the target of an investigation into accusations that its former director deliberately overcharged LUS and other Lafayette Consolidated Government departments for internet service to prop up the fiber operations. The district attorney later declined to prosecute anyone and the
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