Welcome to the Joint Federal Rural Wireless Outreach Initiative. This partnership between the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service provides you with essential information on programs, financial and other assistance regarding telecommunications opportunities for rural communities. The objective of this initiative is to encourage greater access and deployment of wireless services to enhance economic development throughout rural America.
The FCC and USDA have created an on-line resource for those in rural America looking to bring the benefits of broadband services to their communities. This Broadband Opportunities for Rural America web site makes available the expertise and resources of the FCC and the USDA in a single, easily-accessible location and a user-friendly format. It provides information on the different broadband technologies that can be used to bring broadband to rural America, how to access spectrum necessary for delivery of wireless broadband services, the broadband funding opportunities provided by the USDA and FCC, and instructions on how to locate companies already licensed to provide wireless services in or near specific rural communities, as well as helpful links to other FCC, USDA, and private resources related to encouraging broadband opportunities in rural America.