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USDA/RUS RIN: 0572-AC46 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Rural Broadband Grant, Loan, and Loan Guarantee Program 

The Rural Utilities Service will amend its regulations in 7 CFR part 1738 to implement statutory changes made by the 2018 Farm Bill. The statutory changes affecting 7 CFR part 1738 are found in various sections of title VI of the 2018 Farm Bill, including sections 6201, 6205, 6207, 6208, 6209 and 6212. The changes in title VI include but are not limited to amendments to the program’s current grant funding; priority consideration; project eligibility; broadband service requirements; broadband build out requirements; program funding instruments; technical assistance and training; treatment of outdated broadband systems; public notice, assessment, and reporting requirements; environmental reviews; use of loan proceeds for refinancing; and Federal broadband program coordination.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 1738   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 901 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory    12/20/2019 

Overall Description of Deadline: Section 6213 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 provides a one-year period for enactment with respect to the implementation of the rural broadband access program under section 601 of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936.

Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule; Request for Comments  03/12/2020  85 FR 14393   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  05/11/2020 
Interim Final Rule Effective  05/11/2020 
Final Action  08/00/2022 
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