Funding Announcement: USDA Making $1.15 Billion Available to Help People Living in Rural Communities Access High-Speed Internet Through Reconnect Program, Applications Will Be Accepted Beginning November 24, 2021

Announces funding of up to $1.15 billion through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ReConnect Program to expand broadband availability in rural areas through loans and grants. Addresses ReConnect Program eligibility and additional investments in rural distance learning and telemedicine projects.  USDA is making the funding available through the ReConnect Program. ReConnect will now offer 100 percent grants for certain projects on tribal lands and in socially vulnerable communities.