More datasets will become available once the latest Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is published in the Federal Register.
Service Area Eligibility Criteria Datasets
These datasets outline geographic areas where the service area eligibility may be limited for some or all applicants. See below for more information.
- Non-Rural Areas: This dataset contains a subset of the Census Places data and a subset of the Urbanized Area/Urban Cluster Census data. Both subsets were filtered to include: (1) a city, town, or incorporated area that has a population of greater than 20,000 inhabitants; or (2) an urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to a city or town that has a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants. The resulting two subsets were merged to create the non-rural areas layer.
- Pending Applications (ZIP, 1.7 MB): This dataset includes all Farm Bill Broadband, Telecommunications Infrastructure, and ReConnect Program loan and grant applications that have been submitted to the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) for consideration. The layer will be updated when the status of an application changes. The dataset will be updated periodically. The current dataset is dated January 27, 2021. A new dataset will be available for download prior to the opening of the application window.
- Protected Broadband Borrower Service Areas (ZIP, 12 MB): This layer includes the service areas of entities that received a Telecommunications Infrastructure loan, Farm Bill Broadband loan (Farm Bill), Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) loan, or ReConnect Program grant or loan in or after Fiscal Year (FY) 2000. Service areas of projects that were approved but were subsequently de-obligated are not protected and have been omitted from this layer. The current dataset is dated January 27, 2021. A new dataset will be available for download prior to the opening of the application window.
Please note: RUS began requiring the submission of geospatial data that captured borrower service areas starting as early as FY 2009 for certain loan and grant programs. However, this mapping layer may not include all borrower service areas that are eligible to receive protection under the ReConnect Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). RUS will conduct a final evaluation of service area eligibility during application review.
Additional Reference Layer Datasets
- Tribal Lands: This dataset came from Calendar Year 2017 U.S. Census data. The zipped shapefile includes cartographic boundary spatial data for American Indian, Alaska Native Areas, and Hawaiian Home Lands.