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EAST LANSING, Mich. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for loans and grants from the ReConnect program to expand high-speed Internet access to rural Michigan communities.

“USDA Rural Development has already made significant investments to bring high-speed internet to Michigan communities, but there is still a lot of work to be done,” said USDA State Director of Rural Development for Michigan, Brandon Fewins. “Improved communication benefits all aspects of a community, from schools and medicine to support businesses. Now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity by contacting the USDA.

On September 6, the USDA began accepting applications for loans with available funds of $150 million, grants with available funds of $700 million, and combined loan/grant awards using $300 million in under the ReConnect program. These funds were earmarked under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act. Government-wide, the act provides a historic investment of $65 billion to expand affordable high-speed Internet access to every community in the United States.

The application deadline is November 2. For more information, see Federal Register page 47690, August 4.

To be eligible for funding from the ReConnect program, an applicant must serve an area where high-speed Internet service is not available at speeds of 100 megabits per second (download) and 20 Mbps (upload). The applicant must also commit to constructing facilities capable of providing high-speed Internet service at speeds of 100 Mbps (download and upload) to each location within its proposed service area.

To learn more about rural investment resources, go to or contact the nearest USDA State Rural Development Office.

Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunity, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This aid supports the improvement of infrastructure; Business development; lodging; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural, tribal and very poor areas. For more information, visit

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