The Department of Agriculture this week announced two more investments as part of its new rural broadband effort. 

Natural Resources Conservation Service chief Matthew Lohr announced the $5.2 million investment for broadband infrastructure in Kansas as part of the Reconnect Pilot Program, while USDA also announced a $4.79 million investment in Wyoming. 

In Kansas, Wave Wireless, LLC will use the funding to deploy a fiber broadband network servicing more than 1,300 households. 

In Wyoming, the funds will improve and create broadband connections in the county of Sweetwater, benefiting roughly 320 homes. 

USDA received 146 applications this year requesting $1.4 billion in funding through the ReConnect Program. 

The 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 ten Megabit download and one Megabit per second upload speeds. 

Additional investments will be made in the coming weeks.