funding_opportunity_v1r1On April 8, the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) published a Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) in the Federal Register for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (the Broadband Program) for Fiscal year 2016.  Loans are available ranging from $100,000 to $10 million.  Applications will be accepted from April 8, 2016 through July 7, 2016.

The Broadband Program provides loans to corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Cooperatives, State or local governments and Indian tribes or tribal organizations for the construction, improvement and acquisition of facilities and equipment.  The loan will not fund operating expenses, construction costs incurred prior to the issuance of a complete application status, the purchase of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) and installation of installed writing (unless certain conditions are met) and leased facilities, among others.


Continue Reading Rural Utilities Services Announces Broadband Loan Program Funding; Applications due July 7, 2016

The Notice of Funds Availability issued jointly by the Rural Utilities Service and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration was published in the Federal Register today. The NOFA is 121 pages long and lists the rules for applying to receive funding in the first round, which will make available up to $4 billion of the