A western Illinois technology company will benefit from the statewide effort to expand rural broadband.

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Officials with Adams Fiber announced Thursday they have been awarded nearly $5-million dollars through the Connect Illinois Broadband Grant Program.

The grant will cover about half of a $10 million dollar expansion project for underserved communities in Adams and Brown counties.

The broadband access deployment is scheduled to begin next spring, serving about 1,100 households, businesses, farms and anchor institutions in rural areas east of Quincy.

Among the communities that figure to benefit from the broadband access expansion include Columbus, Payson, Richfield, Kingston, Liberty, Timewell, Adams and Burton.