USDA invests $146M in rural broadband infrastructure this week alone
This week, the USDA pledged about $145.8 million in rural-broadband spending in seven states.
Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced Tuesday (Jan. 28) the agency had invested $60.9 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure to create or enhance connectivity for more than 11,000 rural households, 81 farms, 73 businesses, 16 educational facilities, 12 "critical community facilities" and two healthcare providers in rural Missouri.
This marked the debut of first-round funding in USDA's ReConnect Pilot Program, which offers loans and grants to operators, ISPs and other service providers delivering high-speed broadband to unserved and underserved rural areas of the United States.
The ReConnect Pilot also is available to providers in:
Dipping into the pool of opportunities
USDA broke down the information by 100% grants (under review and approved); 100% loans (under review and approved); and 50% grant, 50% loan under both stages of the approval process.
USDA began accepting applications today for the second round of ReConnect funding at www.usda.gov/reconnect.
— Alison Diana, Editor, Broadband World News (Home page image: Photo of Booth Bay Harbor, Maine by Christopher Rego, Flickr
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