In keeping with the 2008 Farm Bill, USDA has issued a Notice of Solicitations of Applications and regulations for the broadband loan program. The interim regulation for the Broadband Program requires that certain definitions affecting eligibility be revised and published annually by the agency in the Federal Register.
For the purpose of this interim regulation, the agency has amended two definitions: Broadband Service and Broadband Lending Speed and Incumbent Service Provider. The application guide to assist in preparing of applications is available at www.rurdev.usda.gov/utp_farmbill.html.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says broadband is critical communications infrastructure of the 21st century, and it is vital to building vibrant rural communities.