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usdaThe United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that it is accepting applications for grants to enhance telecommunications and broadcast services in rural areas of the United States.

This funding is available through the Community Connect Grant Program which plans to provide up to $13 million to fund broadband in unserved areas to support economic growth and deliver enhanced educational, health care and public safety services. Awardees must serve an area where broadband does not exist, provide a community center with broadband access and offer broadband service to all residential and business customers.

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will be hosting webinars about the Community Connect Grant Program on June, 3, 18 and July 2, 2014. These webinars will educate participants about the eligibility and regulatory requirements of the program and will provide guidance on how to submit a successful grant application.

For more information about the Community Connect Grant Program click here.

Applications must be submitted by July 7, 2014