U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has released the program guidelines for round 2 of its Rural eConnectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect). ReConnect provides $550 million in grants and loans to help pay for building broadband in unserved rural areas that lack 10/1 Mbps. The program’s application portal will open on January 31, 2020, and applications can be submitted through 6 p.m. EST on March 16, 2020.

To help clients prepare for the 2020 program, JSI hosted a free webinar to share important information and updates about the ReConnect Program, including:

  • Changes in requirements and program guidelines
  • Program requirements for grants, grant/loan combinations, and loan funding
  • How to determine eligible areas
  • Who should apply?
  • RUS’s scoring criteria
  • Deadlines
  • Strategies for success

Because of the program’s complexity, we also reviewed several scenarios as examples for each of the three funding options. This webinar should help you determine an eligible area and gather information for a possible application.

To request a recording of the JSI webinar, please contact Janee Devis at 301-459-7590. For more information about the ReConnect program please contact Cassandra Heyne in our Maryland office at 301-459-7590.