Broadband Opportunities for Rural America
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.