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Broadband Opportunities for Rural America


Broadband Opportunities

Recovery Act Funding

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) established several broadband initiatives with $7.2 billion in funding. This includes $4.7 billion in funding for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in consultation with the FCC. The purposes of BTOP is to provide access to broadband in unserved areas, improve broadband access for both underserved areas and public safety agencies, and provide broadband education, training and support.

The Recovery Act also provided an additional $2.5 billion in funding for the Broadband Initiatives Program administered by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the USDA. This program is designed to support the expansion of broadband service in rural areas through financing and grants to projects that provide access to high speed service and facilitate economic development in locations without sufficient access to such service.

Recovery Act Information
 NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

 USDA Broadband Initiatives Program

 For information on all of the broadband initiatives established in the Recovery Act, including the creation of a National Broadband Plan by the FCC, visit the FCC's Recovery Act Broadband Initiatives page.

 For information on all the provisions of the Recovery Act, visit

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