02-11-20 E-connecting Rural Communities – USDA Announces $550 million in Broadband Funding Available

E-connecting Rural Communities – USDA Announces $550 million in Broadband Funding Available

Denver to host session on funding opportunities and highlight Colorado/Utah project

Denver, CO., February 10, 2020) – In March 2018, Congress provided $600 million to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand broadband infrastructure and services in rural America for Round One of the ReConnect Program.  USDA recently announced an additional $550 million available for Round Two funding in 2020.

These grants, loans and combination funds enable USDA and the federal government to partner with the private sector and rural communities to build modern broadband infrastructure in areas with insufficient internet service. Insufficient service is defined as connection speeds of less than 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload.  The application funding window is now open and applications for all funding projects will be accepted through March 16, 2020.

Denver will be the host for a ReConnect Training session on February 12 – 13, 2020 for interested applicants.  Emery Telcom, based in Orangeville, Utah, was awarded $2.7 million to develop an FTTP network in San Juan County in Utah and Dolores County, Colorado. This investment will impact 528 households, 20 farms and ranches, 15 small businesses, as well as the fire department, Sheriff’s office and schools in Dove Creek, Colo.  Representatives from Emery Telcom and Dolores County will be recognized at the opening session on February 12 and discuss their project.

Visit ReConnect.usda.gov for more information and registration information.

WHAT:

Technical workshop Round-Two funding for the Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program

WHEN:

Wednesday, February 12th beginning at 9:00 a.m. MST

WHERE:

The Westin Downtown Denver,1672 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 802020

About the ReConnect Program

The ReConnect Program offers loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in areas of rural America without sufficient access to broadband. The application window for the second round of funding will open on January 31, 2020 and it will close on March 16, 2020.