Public Television Digital Transition Grant to Help Broadcasting in Rural Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, October 23, 2012 – USDA-RD Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund todayannounced that a $483,000 Public Television Digital Transition grant has been awarded to Capital Community Broadcasting, Inc. The funds come through the USDA-RD’s Rural Utilities Service and will be used for digital master control and production equipment to complete the digital transition for the station. The new equipment will be used to provide locally originated television services and programming.
"USDA and the Obama administration continue to work to ensure that rural residents have access to expanded educational, health care, business and social opportunities through robust broadband and telecommunication services,” Nordlund said. “These funds will help modernize communications service and delivery for rural Alaska’s businesses and residential customers.”
President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $174 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.