President Barack Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke recently announced a new nationwide broadband project that will bring jobs and other economic opportunities to rural communities and Native American tribal lands.

According to the grantees, the 66 new Recovery Act broadband projects will create over 5,000 jobs and benefit over 685,000 businesses, 900 healthcare facilities and 2,400 schools across the country.

“The broadband projects announced today will give rural communities access to the tools they need to create jobs, stimulate local economies, and build a foundation for future prosperity,” said Vilsack in a statement.

The newest broadband project launches the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s second round of broadband funding through funds from the Recovery Act.