US Department of Agriculture

Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantees

This program provides financing for the construction, maintenance, improvement and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas.

Funds may be used to finance broadband capable telecommunications service


Maximum Award Amount

See funding website for loan term details

Cost Matching


Eligible Applicants

  • State and local governmental entities
  • Federally Recognized Tribes
  • Non-profits, including Cooperatives, and limited dividend or mutual associations
  • For-profit businesses (must be a corporation or limited liability company)

Eligible areas include:

  • Rural areas and towns with a population of 5,000 or less
  • Areas without telecommunications facilities or areas where the applicant is the recognized telecommunications provider are eligible
  • Check with your local RD office to determine whether the proposed service area qualifies

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