Welcome to The Federal Corner. Federal agencies disburse millions of dollars in broadband funds each year through multiple agencies and programs. Identifying and educating our State’s broadband stakeholders about these federal programs is essential to Colorado’s ability to secure our “unfair share” of federal funds in order to facilitate broadband access for all Coloradans. In support of Colorado stakeholders’ efforts to secure federal funding, The Federal Corner will provide summary information and links to federal initiatives affecting broadband funding policy and programs.
United States Department of Agriculture
ReConnect is the USDA’s newest grant, loan, and combination grant/loan program supporting broadband access to rural homes, farms and businesses.
The first round application windows were open between April and July 2019. We expect the USDA to announce the opening of the application window for round two, ReConnect funding of $550M, following Congressional appropriations before year end.
Federal Communications Commission
This summer the FCC released numerous orders and notices, proposing new programs, as well as changes to existing programs. Below is a brief description of the Report and Orders (R&Os) and Notices of Proposed Rulemakings (NPRMs) with links containing more information.