Broadband Grant/Loan Opportunity Available Through USDA

Dec 20, 2018

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering up to  $600 million loan and grant program to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply for funding through USDA’s new ReConnect Program (reconnect.usda.gov) to connect rural areas that currently have insufficient broadband service. Answering the Administration’s call to action for rural prosperity, Congress appropriated funds in the fiscal year 2018 budget for this broadband pilot program. USDA Rural Development is the primary agency delivering the program, with assistance from other federal partners.

USDA will make available approximately $200 million for grants (applications due to USDA by April 29), as well as $200 million for loan and grant combinations (applications due May 29), and $200 million for low-interest loans (applications due by June 28). Projects funded through this initiative must serve communities with fewer than 20,000 people with no broadband service or where service is slower than 10 megabits per second (mbps) download and 1 mbps upload.

To help customers with the application process, USDA is holding a series of online webinars and regional in-person workshops. The full list of upcoming public webinars and workshops can be found at the ReConnect Program’s resource portal at reconnect.usda.gov

ReConnect Program - Factsheet

You can click here for a full list of scheduled webinars and workshops.

Maps available below:

NTIA’s BroadbandUSA

Internet Service - Trumbull and Mahoning Counties

Internet Service - Ashtabula County


For additional information or if you have questions about the program, contact Kathy Zook by email or at (234) 254-1518