News Release
Release No.STELPRD4016134
ContactDane Henshall202-260-0996
Vicki Schurman402-437-5563
(MAY 4, 2012) USDA INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS TO PROVIDE BROADBAND SERVICE TO REMOTE RURAL COMMUNITIES
Washington, DC, May 08, 2012 --

@@Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is accepting applications through the Community Connect Broadband program for grants to provide broadband service to residents of remote, rural communities.

   “Ensuring that all Americans have access to reliable broadband is a key part of the Obama Administration’s effort to help create jobs and expand economic opportunities in rural areas,” Vilsack said. “These grants not only are critical for businesses and residents, they also help first responders, educators and health care professionals by providing them with access to broadband service.”

   Community Connect grants are made available to the most rural, unserved and economically challenged areas. The funds are used to build broadband infrastructure. Awardees are also required to establish community centers that offer free public access to broadband.

Information on available funding and application requirements are published on page 26241 of the May 3, 2012 Federal Register. More information on Community Connect Grants, including the application guide, can be viewed from the USDA Rural Development website. For more information in Nebraska contact Andre Boening at 402-652-3446 or andre,boening@wdc.usda.gov.