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Funding Available for Rural Broadband Connections

Monday February 11th, 2019
Townships in rural areas that lack high-speed broadband can apply for funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural eConnectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect).
 
Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers, and municipalities may apply for funding through the ReConnect Program to connect rural areas that currently have insufficient broadband service. USDA is making available about $200 million for grants, $200 million for low-interest loans, and $200 million for loan and grant combinations.
 
The application deadlines are:
 
• May 31, 2019, for grants;
 
• June 21, 2019, for loan/grant combinations; and
 
• July 12, 2019, for low-interest loans.
 
Applicants can request technical assistance from USDA by filling out the contact form on the ReConnect webpage.
 
Funds will be awarded to projects that have a financially-sustainable business model to bring high-speed broadband to rural homes, businesses, farms, ranches, and community facilities, such as first responders, healthcare sites, and schools.
 
For more information about the ReConnect program, visit the ReConnect webpage