In 2019, the Rural Utilities Service of the USDA had a pilot project called ReConnect for funding broadband deployment in Un-Served and Under-Served areas of the U.S.  CNE, along with BKD CPAs and Advisors, completed and submitted a successful Grant/Loan application on Polar Communication’s behalf.  Polar Communications is located in NE North Dakota.

On January 7th, 2020, USDA announced that over $21 Million dollars of their ReConnect Program dollars was awarded in a loan/grant to Polar Communications. USDA’s assistance will make it possible for Polar Communications to extend its fiber network to almost 1,500 homes, farms and other businesses in Walsh and Grand Forks Counties of ND. “We have taken hundreds of calls from these customers and talked in length regarding extending our services to these residences and businesses,” said Karl Blake, CEO of Polar Communications. “USDA’s ReConnect Program made this growth dream a reality and we are happy to announce this $21.1 Million Dollar win for everyone today. ”