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Klobuchar, Smith announce high-speed internet grants

U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith of Minnesota have announced $25 million in funding availability from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase high-speed internet access in rural and tribal communities.


The funding is made available through the USDA’s Broadband Technical Assistance (BTA) Program. The program will support local governments, organizations, cooperatives and tribes as they work to expand broadband access in rural communities. This includes funding infrastructure studies, network designs, hiring efforts, application assistance and more.


The announcement marks the second round of funding for the program. In its first round, the program received 96 applications requesting a total of $44.5 million.


In this round, applicants may apply through one of two funding categories: the Technical Assistance Providers category accepts applicants seeking to deliver broadband technical assistance to rural communities; The Technical Assistance Recipients category includes applicants who would benefit from broadband technical assistance.


Applications for the funding may be completed now and must be submitted electronically using no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Aug. 20, 2024.

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