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USDA/RUS RIN: 0572-AC50 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Smart Utility Authority for Broadband 

The Rural Development (RD) mission area, comprised of the Rural Utilities Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, and Rural Housing Service agencies, published a final rule; request for comments in the Federal Register on September 15, 2020 [85 FR 57077] to establish the authority authorized by section 6210 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which will assist rural families and small businesses in gaining access to broadband service by permitting recipients of a loan, grant, or loan guarantee from RD to use up to 10 percent of the amount provided to construct broadband infrastructure in areas not served by minimum acceptable level of broadband service.

Although the final rule was effective on September 15, 2020, comments were solicited from the public during a 60-day comment period. Public comments were received and are currently being considered by RD for the need to make any revisions.     


Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 1980 subpart M   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 115-334   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Rule; Request for Comments  09/15/2020  85 FR 57077   
Final Rule Effective  09/15/2020 
Final Rule Comment Period End  11/16/2020 
Final Action  06/00/2022 
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:
Jonathan Claffey
Policy Advisor
Department of Agriculture
Rural Utilities Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 720-9545