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USDA/RUS RIN: 0572-AC48 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Implementation of Telecommunications Program Provisions of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018  

This final rule will implement the statutory changes made to titles II and IV of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (RE Act) by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Public Law 115-334 (2018 Farm Bill).

The Rural Telephone Loan Program finances the improvement, expansion, construction, acquisition, and operation of telephone lines, facilities, or systems to furnish and improve telephone service in eligible rural areas.

RUS will publish a final rule with comment period to amend existing program regulations in 7 CFR parts 1735, and 1737, and to implement the multiple statutory changes to title II as required by the 2018 Farm Bill.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 1735    7 CFR 1737   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 901 et seq., 1921 et seq., and 6941 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Rule With Comment  09/10/2021  86 FR 50604   
Comment Period End  11/09/2021 
Final Action  11/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Laurel Leverrier
Deputy Assistant Administrator, Telecommunications Program
Department of Agriculture
Rural Utilities Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 720-3416