STRATA receives nearly

$24 million loan-grant

from USDA ReConnect program.
What is the ReConnect program?

In March 2018, Congress provided $600 million to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand broadband infrastructure and services in rural America. On Dec. 13, 2018, Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the rules of the program, called “ReConnect,” including how the loans and grants will be awarded to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. USDA received 146 applications between May 31, 2019, and July 12, 2019, requesting $1.4 billion in funding across all three ReConnect Program funding products: 100 percent loan, 100 percent grant, and loan‑grant combinations. USDA is reviewing applications and announcing approved projects on a rolling basis.

These grants, loans and combination funds enable the federal government to partner with the private sector and rural communities to build modern broadband infrastructure in areas with insufficient internet service. Insufficient service is defined as connection speeds of less than 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload.

On Thursday, February 20, 2020, USDA Deputy Under Secretary Donald “DJ” LaVoy visited Big Run Ranches in Whiterocks to announce that STRATA Networks has been selected to receive $23.6 million in funding through the ReConnect Program to build an all fiber to the home (FTTH) network to more than 3,000 businesses, farms, and homes spread over more than 400 square miles of the Uintah Basin.

How were locations selected for the application?

In order to qualify for the USDA ReConnect funding, locations must be receiving insufficient broadband service as defined by USDA. For this particular program, insufficient broadband service is defined as connection speeds of less than 10 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 1 Mbps upload. STRATA identified areas within its service territory that met the program definition and applied for those specific areas.

3,000 locations within more than 40 distinct project areas scattered throughout the entire Uintah Basin will benefit from this project. A detailed map of these locations can be viewed below.

*The locations on this map may contain errors or omissions and some addresses may not be reflected accurately. For questions, please call  (435) 622‑5007.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my home or business one of the areas funded by the USDA ReConnect program?

There are 3,000 locations included in these project areas. These locations include all of the areas included in the map above.

My home or business is not located in the funded areas.

When will STRATA improve my internet service?

STRATA continues to expand its fiber network by adding more than 1,000 locations each year for the last several years, and these efforts will continue in many areas outside of the ReConnect funded areas. Today, there are more than 10,000 locations with access to fiber optics and speeds up to 1,000 Mbps or 1 Gbps. In areas where fiber is not yet available STRATA deploys a variety of alternative broadband technologies to provide the best broadband service which is feasible today.

What internet speeds will customers receive upon completion of the project?

The ReConnect program requires a technology that can deliver a simultaneous transmission speed of no less than 100 Mbps, but with fiber optics, speeds of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), which is equivalent to 1,000 Mbps, will be available as soon as the projects are completed. In other words, customers will have access to some of the fastest internet speeds available anywhere.

My home or business is located in a project area.

When will my location receive this new and improved service?

STRATA is ready to initiate construction as soon as a notice to proceed is granted by USDA. STRATA and USDA are in the process of finalizing and closing on the offer, after which detailed environmental work must be completed before any construction work can begin. The ReConnect program requires that STRATA complete the project in less than five years. Project schedules will be published as details are made available.

Will STRATA continue to improve internet service in other parts of the Uintah Basin?

Yes. For the last several years STRATA has focused on expanding the number of fiber to the home (FTTH) locations by more than 1,000 additional locations each year. Today, more than 10,000 locations are connected to fiber. With the USDA ReConnect funding, STRATA anticipates this number to grow to more than 1,600 new fiber locations each year. Additionally, STRATA will continue to invest in and leverage alternative technologies on copper, coaxial cable, and wireless to improve internet speeds until fiber is made available.

On February 20, 2020, USDA Deputy Undersecretary DJ LaVoy for Rural Development made the announcement that STRATA has been selected to receive a loan-grant combination as part of their ReConnect program. The announcement was made at Big Run Ranches in Whiterocks, UT - one of the thousands of locations that will be benefited by these funds.

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