Rural Utilities Service

Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines; Deadlines and Funding Levels

Location:
Rural Utilities Service (RUS), 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20250, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces its Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program application window for fiscal year (FY) 2013. The FY 2013 funding for the Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program is $2,775,327.

USDA Changes Community Connect Broadband Grant Program Rules

Location:
Rural Utilities Service (RUS), 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20250, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), amends its regulations for the Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program. The purpose of this regulatory change is to provide the Agency the ability to target limited resources to geographical as well as technological areas of need.

New Rules for Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees

Location:
Rural Utilities Service (RUS), 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20250, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Rural Utilities Service, an agency delivering the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Rural Development Utilities Programs, is adopting as final, with change, an interim rule (published at 76 FR 13770 on March 14, 2011) for its regulation for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (Broadband Loan Program).

RUS Asks for Input on Information Collection for Telecom Borrowers

Location:
Rural Utilities Service (RUS), 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20250, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service is asking for public input on the information it collects on telecommunications borrowers participating in the Rural Development Utilities Programs.

RUS Discontinues List of Materials for Telecommunications

Location:
Rural Utilities Service (RUS), 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20250, United States
Recommendation:
1

Effective May 23, 2011, Department of Agriculture' will no longer accept applications for equipment to be added to the List of Materials and will cease publication of the List of Materials for Telecommunications.

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants from RUS

Location:
Rural Utilities Service (RUS), 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20250, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 subject to the availability of funding.

Changes in RUS Telephone Loans

Location:
Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20250, United States
Recommendation:
4

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is amending its regulations for the guarantee program for cooperative and other not-for-profit lenders that make loans for eligible electric and telephone purposes.

BIP Grant for Reedsburg, Wisconsin

Location:
Reedsburg, WI, United States
Recommendation:
3

On July 7, Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein and Rural Development State Director Stan Gruszynski announced the awarding of more than $5.2 million to the Reedsburg Utilities Commission for broadband infrastructure improvements and service expansion.

RUS Extends Deadline for Public Notice Requests on Pending Round Two BIP Applications

Location:
Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20250, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service extended, by one day, the deadline for submitting Public Notice Requests (PNRs) on pending applications filed under Second Round Notice of Funds Availability for the Broadband Initiatives Program.

Request for Proposals -- Broadband Initiatives Program

Location:
Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20250, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Rural Utilities Service announced its general policy and application procedures for the second round of funding under the broadband initiatives, established pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP), on January 22, 2010 at 74 FR 3820. In that Second Round NOFA, RUS announced the opening of a future window for specific grants for Satellite, Rural Library Broadband, and Technical Assistance, and that any requirements would be outlined in the Request for Proposals. This RFP outlines those requirements.

DTV Grant Deadlines

Location:
Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20250, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Rural Utilities Service announces the Public Television Digital Transition Grant Program application window for fiscal year FY 2010. Applications are due June 25, 2010.

USDA Broadband Initiatives Program Round 1 Approved Projects as of February 17, 2010

Location:
Department of Agriculture , 1400 Independence Ave., SW Rural Utilities Service, Washington, 20250, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service has released a list of 33 broadband stimulus projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

RUS asks about Changes to Telephone Loan Program

Location:
Rural Utilities Service,, 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC, 20250-0747, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) proposes to amend its regulations for the guarantee program for cooperative and other not-for-profit lenders that make loans for eligible electric and telephone purposes.

BIP Round Two Application Guide

Location:
Department of Agriculture , 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, 20250, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service has released an application guide for its second and last round of broadband stimulus funding.

RUS Issues Broadband Loans and Grants Correction

Recommendation:
1

The Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) published a document in the Federal Register on July 23, 2009. The document contained an error.

RUS Broadband Grant Applications Due June 19

Recommendation:
2

The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announced that applications for its Community Connect Grant Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 are due June 19, 2009.

RUS Seeks Input on Telecommunications Modernization, Distance Learning and Telemedicine

1) The Rural Electrification Loan Restructuring Act of 1993 requires that a State Telecommunications Modernization Plan (Modernization Plan), covering at a minimum the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) borrowers in the state, be established in a state or RUS cannot make hardship or concurrent cost-of money and Rural Telephone Bank (RTB) loans for construction in that state.