INTERNET PROVIDER PLANNING BRENHAM EXPANSION RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANT

  

An Internet provider planning to build a regional facility in Brenham is the new recipient of over $75 million in federal funding.

Nextlink Internet will receive $75.8 million from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to provide services to nearly 34,000 rural homes and businesses in Texas.

The company’s funding includes just under $2.5 million for Washington County, where it plans to make service available for over 2,100 residences and businesses.

The FCC announced Monday it dedicated over $524 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to over 200,000 unserved rural homes and businesses in 23 states. The FCC said providers will begin receiving funding this month.

Back in May, the Brenham City Council approved a performance agreement with Nextlink, based out of Hudson Oaks in the Fort Worth area.

In the agreement with the Brenham Community Development Corporation (BCDC), the company will be given six acres of land to use in the city’s Southwest Industrial Park. Nextlink, in return, will build a $500,000 regional facility and provide at least ten new jobs.  According to Brenham’s Economic Development Director Susan Cates, Nextlink asked for land rather than a tax abatement or other incentive.

Last year, the company received a $281 million award from the FCC’s $1.98 billion rural broadband program in Texas.

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