$25 Million to Help Expand Rural Internet Access

USDA’s Rural Development Undersecretary, Dr. Basil Gooden, says the agency is making $25 million available through the Broadband Technical Assistance Program. The funding is intended to help local organizations, cooperatives, and Tribes expand affordable, high-speed internet projects in rural communities. The department is now accepting applications.

“USDA is committed to making sure that people, no matter where they live, have high-speed internet,” says Undersecretary Gooden. “USDA is partnering with small towns, Tribes, local utilities, rural cooperatives, and private companies to increase access to this critical service, which will boost opportunities and build bright futures.”

He also says that’s how you grow the economy not just in rural communities, but around the nation. The BTA program provides funding to help communities and organizations receive or deliver broadband technical assistance and training that will expand high-speed internet into rural and Tribal communities.

Applicants must apply in one of two categories found at Grants.gov.