USDA to hold rural broadband forum at FPS

Published by Farm Progress on August 26, 2019 By Holly Spangler Farmers and rural stakeholders can stop in for a one-hour session Aug. 27 to learn more about efforts to bring broadband to rural areas. USDA Rural Development will host a one-hour information session highlighting rural broadband needs on Aug. 27 during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. “We …

ReConnect Program Receives 53 Applications Worth $635M for Rural Broadband Loan/Grant Funding

Published by Telecompetitor on June 26, 2019 By Phil Britt U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development received 53 applications requesting more than $635 million in loan-grant combination funding in the first round of the USDA ReConnect Pilot Program, the USDA announced this week. The USDA made $200 million available for loan-grant combination projects in the first round of funding. …

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 releases report on rural broadband

Published by Morning Ag Clips on April 30th, 2019 WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today unveiled a groundbreaking report, A Case for Rural Broadband: Insights on Rural Broadband Infrastructure and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technologies (PDF, 2.5 MB). The report finds that deployment of both broadband e-Connectivity and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technology on farms and ranches throughout the U.S. could …

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 …

USDA Opens Application Portal for New ReConnect Rural Broadband Infrastructure Program

The following press release comes from the USDA It was published on April 23rd, 2019  WASHINGTON – 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 …

USDA Harvests Input on Rural Broadband Spectrum Priorities

Published by Broadcasting Cable on April 2nd, 2019 By John Eggerton The U.S. Department of Agriculture is collecting comment on what is the best spectrum management policy to get broadband to more rural areas, which is an avowed priority of the Trump Administration. In its comments, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) said it is all for a “rural …