USDA Investments to Expand Distance Learning and Telemedicine Opportunities in Rural Areas

The Obama Administration is investing in rural telecommunications equipment to help expand access to education, create jobs and improve health care in 25 states. The announcement of nearly $16 million in USDA grants for distance learning and telemedicine services helps to support President Barack Obama's ConnectED initiative.

The investments are being provided through USDA's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loan and Grant program. It provides funding to rural hospitals, clinics, schools and libraries for equipment and technical assistance for telemedicine and distance learning. Grant recipients must demonstrate that they serve rural America, prove there is an economic need and provide at least 15 percent in matching funds.


USDA Investments to Expand Distance Learning and Telemedicine Opportunities in Rural Areas