Congressman Fred Keller announces USDA to open second round of rural broadband expansion funding

January 30, 2020
Press Release
ReConnect program’s loans and grants go to funding rural broadband expansion

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) today announced the United States Department of Agriculture will open a second round of ReConnect program funding on Friday.

 

The ReConnect program allows the federal government to work with telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities to build modern broadband infrastructure in areas that do not have sufficient service.

 

The first round of funding has already provided over $340 million for rural broadband projects.

 

As part of the second round of funding, the department is making available approximately $200 million for grants, as well as up to $200 million for loan and grant combinations, and up to $200 million for low-interest loans.

 

According to USDA, funds will be awarded to projects that have financially sustainable business models that will bring high-speed broadband to rural homes, businesses, farms, ranches and community facilities such as first responders, healthcare sites and schools.

 

Applications for funding may be submitted by going to www.usda.gov/reconnect.

 

On the ReConnect program, Congressman Fred Keller made the following statement:

 

“I thank Secretary Sonny Perdue and the Trump administration for continuing to prioritize rural broadband expansion. Providing rural broadband is key to the future economic growth and opportunity in rural areas like Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District.

 

“Government partnering with the private sector to fill the gaps is paramount to ensuring services are deployed effectively.

 

“I encourage those within Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District wishing to apply for these grant funds to reach out to my office so that we may answer any questions and assist those interacting with the Department of Agriculture during this process.”

 

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