Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program

  • Molly Hammond
  • Associate Director,
  • USDA Rural Development
  • 2118 West Park Court, Suite A
  • Champaign, IL 61821
  • Phone: 217-403-6203
  • Email:
  • Website Link:

Purpose of the Program

The ReConnect Program offers unique federal financing and funding options in the form of loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in areas of rural America that don’t currently have sufficient access to broadband, defined by the law as 10 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and 1 Mbps upstream.

Who is Eligible

Application Process

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.

Funds Must be Used For

Funds must be used in eligible rural communities with a population of 20,000 or less.

Types of Assistance