The award of 103 Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants totaling $25,853,991 has been announced by Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Thomas Dorr. This aims to provide improved educational and medical services to residents of 38 states. Dorr made the announcement during a USDA Rural Development sponsored broadband telecommunications workshop in Charleston. This programme connects communities to medical services and educational opportunities they would not otherwise have, as stated by Dorr. The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant programme (DLT) was created to encourage, improve, and make affordable the use of telecommunications, computer networks and related technology for rural communities. Fifty seven of the grants announced will fund projects designed to provide improved medical service and 46 will provide improved educational opportunities.