U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.


Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock () or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

USDA is Seeking Loan Applications to Support Rural Telecommunications Infrastructure

Erin McDuff
Release Date

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for loans and loan guarantees to build or update broadband and telephone infrastructure in rural areas.

Up to $690 million in loans is available nationwide this year through the Telecommunications Infrastructure Program. The financing can be used for the construction, improvement, or expansion of telecommunications infrastructure serving rural areas with a population of 5,000 or less. In some cases, the loans may also be used to acquire telecommunications infrastructure or to refinance.

State and local government entities, federally-recognized tribes, nonprofits, corporations, and limited liability companies are eligible to apply. Funding is awarded on a competitive basis.

Hardship loans may be offered at the discretion of USDA to assist applicants in meeting financial feasibility requirements for applications proposing to assist underserved areas.

Applications are accepted year-round.

We encourage all applicants to contact John Holman, Telecommunications General Field Representative, (503) 310-7692, prior to developing an application to review application and eligibility requirements.

Questions related to USDA Telecommunications Programs in Oregon and Washington State may be directed to John Holman, Telecommunications General Field Representative, (503) 310-7692. Those with project proposals outside of Oregon and Washington should contact USDA Rural Development in the corresponding state.