Alpine, Texas (September 2022) – BBT’s successful ReConnect 3 Program proposal leverages $24MM in grant funding for a 5-year fiber infrastructure buildout. This project will deliver 1 Gbps synchronous fiber broadband speeds to several of West Texas’ more remote communities. The fiber-to-the premise (FTTP) project will construct approximately 311 miles of fiber infrastructure in rural Presidio and Terrell Counties. The buildout includes delivering internet connectivity to 312 locations in and around the unincorporated border communities of Candelaria, Dryden, Redford, Ruidosa, and Shafter. These areas are classified by USDA as Socially Vulnerable as well as Frontier and Remote Areas (FAR).
“As a community-based provider, BBT is excited to partner with USDA to provide a scalable, synchronous high-speed fiber broadband network to many socially vulnerable communities in some of the most rural areas in the United States. This partnership will enable these communities to seek new opportunities for economic development, education, health care and public safety with a focus on digital equity and inclusion. Without ReConnect 3, advanced fiber broadband services to these rural communities would not be possible.”
With funding from the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and their Rural Utilities Service (RUS), sought nationwide proposals related to the ReConnect Program opportunity this past Spring. The Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program supplies funding for the cost of construction, improvement or acquisition of facilities, and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. For more information about the ReConnect Program, follow the link to the fact sheet (embedded). For more information about BBT Fiber, call 800.592.4781 or learn more at bigbend.com
BBT has been a pillar of West Texas’ vast, remote territory for over 60 years, providing telecommunications and technology services and keeping customers moving far into the future. BBT is the only fiber-based provider in the many rural communities served, and its service area covers almost 18,000 square miles, including 485 miles of border with neighboring Mexico.