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USDA e-Connectivity Toolkit
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a new toolkit in February 2019 to help support the deployment of high-speed broadband in rural communities with the development of an e-Connectivity Toolkit. This e-Connectivity Toolkit features 27 USDA programs that support broadband deployment, which includes the recently announced ReConnect program that is allocating $600 million in loans and grants for broadband projects in rural America and other telecom programs.
The easy-to-use toolkit allows citizens to identify their type of e-connectivity project and locate federal government resources for planning, equipment, construction, research and other e-Connectivity projects. Resources such as grants, loans and technical assistance are available from multiple USDA divisions.
The toolkit highlights examples of how e-connectivity resources are being used to increase access to broadband services in rural communities. It is free and can be printed for offline use.
The Economic Development Administration’s (EDA’s) mission is to lead the Federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for economic growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA fulfills this mission through strategic investments and partnerships that create the regional economic ecosystems required to foster globally competitive regions throughout the United States. For more information, visit:
Broadband development and infrastructure grants are available to eligible applicants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. This designated Technology and Innovation grant program is administered by the State Department of Commerce. For more information, visit: http://wvcad.org/resources
The Appalachian Regional Commission funds a number of telecommunications activities, including strategic community planning, equipment acquisition, and hardware and software for network building. For more information, visit: https://www.arc.gov/funding/GrantsandFunding.asp