Eligible applicants for the mix of grants and loans include cities, internet service providers and rural electric co-ops. Funded projects will be prioritized in areas with populations of less than 20,000 and where current broadband connections are below 10Mbps download/1Mbps upload. The funded broadband projects must be able to reach at least 25/3 Mbps, the current Federal Communications Commission standard.
Applications must be received by May 21 for grants, June 21 for loan and grant combinations and July 12 for loans. The agency is offering a slate of in-person
and online technical assistance workshops for applicants, including an event on April 16-17 in Junction City, Kansas and April 23-24 in Welches, Oregon. A recorded technical assistance webinar
is also available.
Please contact Angelina Panettieri
for questions regarding this announcement at (202) 626-3196.