Broadband Deployment: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Programs

This webinar will features a presentation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on rural broadband deployment programs and resources. Highlighted in the webinar is the newly launched ReConnect Program – a $600 Million broadband loan and grant program – as well as USDA’s other rural broadband programs. The webinar focuses on these programs’ relevancy to governors’ offices, share best practices, and offer actions governors can consider to support program applications in their state. There is Q&A after the presentation.



  • Patricio Portillo, Policy Analyst, National Governors Association


  • Jannine Miller, Senior Advisor, Office of the Secretary, USDA
  • Laurel Leverrier, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Telecommunications Programs, Rural Development, USDA