USDA Reviewing Applications From 41 States to Expand Rural Broadband in Second Round of ReConnect Pilot Program

The following was a stakeholder announcement issued by the USDA on April 22, 2020 WASHINGTON, April 22, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary Bette Brand today announced that USDA has received 172 applications requesting $1.57 billion in the second round of the ReConnect Pilot Program. The applications seek funding to provide or upgrade rural broadband serviceacross 41 …

USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to March 31

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced USDA has extended the deadline (PDF, 245 KB) for ReConnect Pilot Program applications to March 31. “By extending the ReConnect Program application deadline, we are helping even more qualified organizations access the essential funding to make high-speed broadband connectivity a …

USDA Invests $19 Million in Broadband for Rural Texas Communities

The following press release was issued by the USDA on February 28, 2020 ELMENDORF, Texas, Feb. 28, 2020 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a $19 million investment in three, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for almost 7,000 rural households, 46 farms, 32 pre-subscribed businesses, 19 critical community facilities and 15 educational facilities in …

VIDEO: Navigating and Applying for Funding Earmarked for Rural Broadband Expansion 

Athens, OH (February 25, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking applications for the second round of funding for rural broadband expansion through its $550 million ReConnect Program. Ohio University and Connected Nation Ohio hosted a webinar yesterday to help you understand how this program can help connect more residents, businesses, and communities in your area. It features a …

USDA Officials Explain Federal Funding for Rural Broadband, Will Answer Questions from Public, Local Organizations

Athens, OH (February 20, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now taking applications for the second round of $550 million in ReConnect Program loan and grant funding for rural broadband expansion.  That window closes March 16. Ohio University and Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) are working in partnership to help communities understand how to leverage this program to connect more …

VIDEO: The USDA Answers Your Questions on Funding for Rural Broadband

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has begun taking applications for the second round of $550 million in ReConnect Program in grants and loans for rural broadband expansion.  But there have been questions from state and local leaders, small internet service providers, and community stakeholders about how to apply and who would qualify for this funding. That’s why Connected Nation recently …

USDA Invests $55.3 Million in Broadband for Rural Kentucky and Tennessee Communities

Published by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) PRESS RELEASE: USDA Invests $55.3 Million in Broadband for Rural Kentucky and Tennessee Communities COLUMBIA, Ky., Jan. 29, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced USDA has invested $55.3 million in four, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects in rural Kentucky. These projects, part …

Mark Your Calendars, USDA to Open the Application Window for the Second Round of ReConnect Program Funding Friday

The following is a press release published by the USDA on January 27, 2020  WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced USDA will begin taking applications for the second round of $550 million in ReConnect Program loan and grant funding on January 31. These funds will enable the federal government to continue …

InnovateOhio Issues Statewide Broadband Strategy

The following is a press release issued by InnovateOhio on December 19, 2019. Learn more about InnovateOhio  at this website. Media contact: Caroyn Cypret, 614-995-1815, Carolyn.Cypret@governor.ohio.gov Plan supports applications for federal ReConnect funding by awarding additional points More accurate coverage maps also rolled out in partnership with Connected Nation (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—InnovateOhio, under the direction of Lt. Governor Jon Husted, today released the …

USDA Invests $7.9 Million in Rural Broadband for North Carolina Families

The following press release was issued by USDA on December 11, 2019 BOLTON, N.C., Dec. 11, 2019 – Today, North Carolina Rural Development State Director Robert Hosford announced USDA has invested $7.9 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure to create or improve e-Connectivity for more than 4,000 rural households in North Carolina. This is one of many funding announcements in the first …