BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Congressman Garret Graves says 500 Livingston Parish homes and small businesses will be gaining high-speed internet access.

Graves said the broadband expansion will be made possible due to a $1.73 million Granting Underserved Municipalities Broadband Opportunities (GUMBO) grant.

“Livingston Parish residents have waited a long time for this. We’ve been working with parish, state, and federal partners as well as Spectrum to make this possible. More reliable internet could be the difference in bridging the gap for kids in a zip code that may not be able to complete homework at home, or a small business that has been needing a helping hand to help increase real-time marketing online. We’ve secured record funding for broadband deployment and will continue to help target these dollars to communities in need,” Graves said.