to Rural America
USDA Rural Development is committed to fulfilling the President
and Congress’ goal of bringing affordable broadband to all rural
Americans. This is a high priority. Broadband is a transformative
technology. It allows rural communities to dramatically enhance the
quality of health care and education. It gives every rural business
access to regional, national, and international markets. It reduces
barriers of time and distance, levels the playing field, and makes
rural communities better places to live, work, and raise a family.
Rural America is diverse and so is the broadband program. USDA
Rural Development tailors solutions to the needs of individual
communities. We have financed technologies including fiber to the
home, DSL, wireless, broadband over power lines, and hybrid fiber/
coax systems. We are eager to work with startup companies as well as
established providers and stand ready to consider innovative financing
arrangements. Our mission is to increase economic opportunity and
improve the quality of life in rural America. Broadband is essential
to both of these goals, and we will not rest until the job is done.
Broadband is a High Priority
As an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
is focused on improving the quality of life for rural Americans. In essence,
Rural Development provides individuals, communities, and businesses
with the financial assistance needed to address the unique needs of rural
America. It offers programs in housing, utilities, business development,
and community facilities/public safety. By improving the quality of life in
rural America, it no longer is a sacrifice for the next generation to return
home and raise their families in a safe and comforting environment.
Rural Development provides increased economic opportunities so people
who choose to live in small towns can compete on a global level.
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