$6.2 million in RUS grants go to 13 licensees for digital conversion work

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday (Dec. 3) announced $6.2 million in grants to public television licensees in 13 states to complete digital TV conversion projects. The money comes through the Public Television Digital Transition Grant Program, administered by USDA’s Rural Utilities Service. The program provides equipment funding to public stations that serve substantially rural populations.

Work includes a $677,920 project by the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television (KATV) to place digital translators in eight isolated rural communities. A grant to the West Virginia Education Broadcasting Authority for $366,000 will be used for a digital translator to serve a rural part of state that had previously received analog service.

Grants to licensees range from $39,000 to $749,000. A full list is here.

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