Funding guide

USDA - Rural Utilities Service - Telecom Infrastructure Loan 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

Telecom Infrastructure Loan Program

Program Overview

This program provides financing for the construction, maintenance, improvement and expansion of telephone service and broadband in 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 at (202) 720-0800
General Field Representatives (GFR)
https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/telecom-gfr

Funding Type

Loan

FY2018 Funding Amount

$690,000,000

FY2019 Funding Amount

$690,000,000

Additional Information

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