Funding guide

USDA - Rural Utilities Service - Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (Broadband Program)


Broadband Funding Guide

Department of Agriculture


Federal Agency

Rural Utilities Service

Agency Overview

USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Programs provide a variety of loans and grants to build and expand broadband networks. Loans to build broadband networks and deliver service to rural households and businesses, provide capital for rural telecommunications companies and broadband providers.

Program Name

Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (Broadband Program)

Program Overview

The Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (Broadband Program) furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed in eligible rural areas.

Program Purpose
  • Broadband Infrastructure (e.g. construction)
  • Broadband Financing
Eligible Recipients
  • State and Local Governments
  • Tribal Entities
  • Commercial/Internet Service Providers
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Small Businesses
  • Electric Utilities/Co-ops

Agency Contact

Loan Origination and Approval Division (202) 720-0800
General Field Representatives (GFR)
https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/telecom-gfr

Funding Type

Loan

FY2018 Funding Amount

$29,851,000

FY2019 Funding Amount

$29,851,000

Additional Information

https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/fact-sheet/RD-FactSheet-RUS-FarmBillBroadbandLoans.pdf