An Increased Federal Focus on Ubiquitous Broadband

Washington, D.C. (June 14, 2019) –  This quarter has seen a flurry of broadband legislation and programs aimed at increasing high-speed internet access and adoption across the country. Our policy team tracks these developments closely as we work to get broadband deployed in even the most unserved of communities. Below are just a few of the items we are following: …

What is the USDA Reconnect Program and What Can It Do for You?

Bowling Green, KY. (May 31, 2019) – In December 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled their newest loan and grant program titled the “ReConnect Program,” which aims to provide broadband resources to rural, unserved areas across the country. The program defines broadband as 10 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload, and the funds will be divided into three pools—$200 …

USDA opens application portal for new ReConnect Rural Broadband Infrastructure Program

Published by Dairy Business on April 26th, 2019 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting online applications for funding through the new ReConnect Rural Broadband Pilot Program. These funds will enable the federal government to partner with the private sector and rural communities to build modern broadband infrastructure in areas with …

Rural Broadband Funding: Applications Open, Planning for Investment

Bowling Green, KY (April 25, 2019) – The USDA recently extended the deadline for grant applications to its ReConnect Rural Broadband Pilot Program.  Now, the agency is taking online applications. The program is focused on efforts that will expand broadband in rural America. The first round of applications are now due on May 31. In this first round of funding, USDA …

Rural Broadband Funding Could Connect More Ohio Valley Communities To High-Speed Internet

Published by Morehead State Public Radio on February 27, 2019  by Liam Niemeyer  Head to the original posting to hear the audio. Vivian Livingood is the mayor of Gilbert, a southern West Virginia  town of under 500 people that has struggled for years without reliable internet. Livingood said that hampers Gilbert’s tourism, businesses and schools. “We get kicked off the …

Congress, USDA Take Action to Help Rural America

Bowling Green, Ky. (December 14, 2018) – Two important actions took place this week that will help provide relief for America’s families, businesses, farmers and ranchers, and small communities. Lawmakers passed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced how $600 million in loans and grants will …