- James R. Wanstreet, Broadband Coordinator
- USDA Rural Development
- 502 Comfort Dr. Suite B,
- Marion, IL 62959
- Phone: (618) 993-5396 ext 125
- Fax: (618) 997-8301
Purpose of the Program
This program provides loans and loan guarantees for the construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment for broadband service in eligible rural communities. These loans will facilitate deployment of new and innovative technologies to provide two-way data transmission of 200 kbps or more.
Who is Eligible
Loans may be obtained by legally organized entities (except those serving more than 2% of the telephone subscriber lines) providing or proposing to provide broadband service in eligible rural communities.
Details on loan types and amounts and application procedures are available in 7 CFR 1738, the Notice of Application Deadline, and Rural Utility Service US Bulletin 1738-1, Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program Application Guide.
Availability of Funds
USDA has contributed to the President’s Broadband Initiative by awarding more than $3.3 billion in loans and grants to fund broadband infrastructure.
How Funds are to be used
Funds must be used in eligible rural communities with a population of 20,000 or less.
Types of Assistance
Loans, loan guarantees