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Release No. STELPRD4024084
ContactKelly Clark775-887-1222 x130
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(MAY 22, 2014) FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS IN RURAL AREAS

Washington, D.C., May 22, 2014 -- Funding Available for Advanced Communications in Rural Areas

 

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to enhance telecommunications and broadcast services in rural areas. The funding is available from the Community Connect Grant Program, the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program, and the Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program.

Through the Community Connect Grant Program, USDA plans to provide up to $13 million to fund broadband in unserved areas to support economic growth and deliver enhanced educational, health care and public safety services. Awardees must serve an area where broadband does not exist, provide a community center with broadband access, and offer broadband service to all residential and business customers. Since it was created in 2003, USDA has approved more than $142 million in more than 240 Community Connect projects to bring broadband service to rural communities that lacked it. Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/utp_commconnect.html for more information.

USDA is making up to $19.3 million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program grants available to fund access to rural education, training and health care resources. The DLT program finances telecommunications-enabled equipment and advanced technologies for people who live and work in rural areas. Since 2009, USDA has invested almost $150 million in the program. Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UTP_DLT.html for more information.

In the Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program, USDA will provide up to $2 million as part of the Department's continued support of rural telecommunications and broadcast services. Funds can be used to acquire, lease or install equipment or software to complete the transition to digital broadcast signals. More information is available online at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UTP_DTV.html .

USDA will offer special consideration to Community Connect and Distance Learning and Telemedicine applications that contain at least one end-user site within a trust area or a Tribal jurisdictional area.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $199 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

Last Modified:08/21/2014 
 
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