The Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) appropriated $7.2 billion
and directed the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS)
and The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications Information
Administration (NTIA) to expand broadband access to unserved and
underserved communities across the U.S., increase jobs, spur investments
in technology and infrastructure, and provide long-term economic
- Through our Distance
Learning and Telemedicine Program, USDA Rural Development offers rural
communities help in developing facilities to make these exciting new services
accessible. Financial assistance is available through loans, grants, and
USDA Rural Development Specialists will be glad to discuss
services available from the Agency and explain application procedures.
Click here for the Rural Development Specialist closest to you.