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JOHN DAY — Oregon Telephone Corp. has been awarded $20.4 million in grants and loans to install fiber optic infrastructure in Grant, Malheur and Baker counties.

The latest round of federal money will provide high-speed fiber connections directly to 1,200 people, 41 businesses, 70 farms and four educational facilities as part of the ReConnect Program, using funding from the recent Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The program is aimed at ensuring rural communities see the benefits of high-speed internet.

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