The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating a total of $600 million to broadband infrastructure expansion to rural areas across the country. $200 million will be distributed through grants, $200 million will be distributed through loan and grant combinations, and $200 million through low-interest loans.
The funding, approved by Congress in early 2018 through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, was directed to the USDA for disbursement through the Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect Program). The ReConnect Program awards funding for improved broadband e-Connectivity infrastructure for as many rural families, businesses, farms, schools, and health care facilities as possible without sufficient broadband access, defined as 10 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and one Mbps upstream.
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