Grants for telemedicine and distance learning applications
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) manages the Telecommunications I... View more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) manages the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program and the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grants. The DLT grants fund equipment and software for telemedicine and distance learning applications.
The RUS broadband funds are supplied by the Farm bill, which is reauthorized every five years, and the annual appropriations bill. The 2018 Farm bill included $600 million in funds for rural broadband programs. The 2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act provided $30 million to Community Connect broadband grants, $47 million for DLT grants, an additional $5.83 million to subsidize the rural broadband loan to a level of $29.851 million, and $1.73 million in loan subsidies for a total loan level of $690 million for the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. It also allocated $550 million for the ReConnect Program .
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