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More Than $522 Million in Grant Funds Requested through First Round of ReConnect Pilot Program Applications

Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) received 78 applications requesting more than $522 million in grant-only funding in the first round of the ReConnect Pilot Program. USDA has $200 million available for grant-only projects in this round of funding.

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USDA Opens Application Portal for New ReConnect Rural Broadband Infrastructure Program

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.

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USDA Announces Opening Date for Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program Applications

Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that USDA Rural Development will begin accepting the first round of applications for the Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect Program) on April 23, 2019, through reconnect.usda.gov.

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USDA Announces ReConnect Technical Assistance Workshops

USDA has announced all of the remaining regional ReConnect Technical Assistance Workshops. These regional workshops will allow applicants to gain a stronger understanding of the application process and program requirements. Dates, locations, and registration for all of the remaining workshops are available under Events.

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Federal Register Funding Opportunity Announcement

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces its general policy and application procedures for funding under the broadband pilot program established pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 which provides loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas.

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USDA Extends Deadlines for ReConnect Rural Broadband Program

To give potential applicants adequate time to access technical assistance from USDA staff and its partners, the first application deadline will be pushed back to May 31, 2019 or later. Previously, application deadlines began in April. New specific deadlines for ReConnect Program grants, loans, and grant-loan combination applications will be posted in the Federal Register in late February.

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