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USDA-Ready to Assist America’s Rural Communities With State-of-the-Art Broadband Services

Posted by Jonathan Adelstein, Administrator, USDA Rural Utilities Service in Rural Technology
Feb 21, 2017

During his State of the Union address earlier this week, President Obama outlined a vision for the future that calls on America to “Out innovate, out educate, and out build the rest of the world.”  A crucial contributor to this effort, as the President recognized, is rural broadband.  USDA is funding the deployment of broadband systems across the country, and we want to help your community as well.

With support from Congress, the Obama Administration, through the efforts of USDA’s Rural Utilities Service has, over the last two years, awarded investments that will enable an estimated seven million Americans to access new or improved broadband services.  Broadband allows recipients access to a myriad of opportunities. Farmers can get real time information about commodity prices and weather, students can receive special services or individual tutoring, medical staff can assist patients remotely, and small businesses on one coast can directly sell to customers across the country, or around the world.

New, fast, broadband services are being deployed to support communities as remote as the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in the upper Midwest, to southwest Alaska.  These systems will help eliminate the barrier of distance no matter where you live -- allowing you to access to education, health care and business opportunities, and allowing you to succeed more easily no matter what your physical address.

As important as our accomplishments are to date, we really are just getting started.  USDA has funding available to support communities, cooperatives and businesses seeking access to quality telecommunications services.  We also have programs including Distance Learning and Telecommunications, and Community Connect that can help school districts, clinic operators and public facilities such as libraries, public safety departments and community centers connect to the world wide web.

As the President said in his address, America must rebuild for the 21st Century.  A technological revolution has changed the way we live, work and do business.  USDA is ready to help you and your community seize the opportunities presented by broadband.

Call  us, email us, or click here to find out more.  To read a report about broadband systems funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, click here.

Category/Topic: Rural Technology

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Bharati Dutta
Feb 07, 2011


I am a network communication major and believe that everyone should be connected to the internet.
I support the rural development as per President Obama. I would like to help in any way I can.


Feb 15, 2011

Okay, I have a small problem with a lot of this but the one for sure the Health Clinics; just yesturday with the 3.7 trillion budget cut they are cutting an huge amount from the Health agencys' so how does this figure into the Rural areas? USDA and all Rural funding will take a huge cut too. Something isn't adding up here..............