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Arizona and USDA Rural Broadband Grants Webinar

On January 23, 2020 the Broadband Stakeholder Network, in cooperation with the Arizona Commerce Authority, will host a webinar on Arizona and USDA funding for broadband in Arizona.

Attend the Webinar to learn about rural broadband second round of funding opportunities provided by the USDA Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Grants and Loans Program. For 2020, USDA will make available up to $200 million for grants, up to $200 million for 50/50 grant/loan combinations, and up to $200 million for low-interest loans. You will get an overview of the program, eligibility, required documentation, and more. The application window for the second round of funding will open on January 31, 2020.

You will also hear about the Wecom Inc./Data-Max Wireless USDA grant of $1,666,438.00 WeCom was awarded in the last USDA Re-Connect round to serve Peach Springs, AZ.

Wait, there’s more. Get the details about Governor Ducey’s proposal for major new investments in Rural Broadband in Arizona that includes $10 million in Rural Broadband Development Grants and nearly $50 million in funding for Smart Highway Corridors.

Yes, You Should Attend!

If you are a state or local government official or public policy maker, rural community leader, or you represent economic development, education, local or state government, health services, public safety, libraries, telecommunications and technology companies, you should plan to attend the webinar to learn about rural broadband funding opportunities and to Get Connected with the Arizona Broadband Stakeholder Network.


  • Brian Smith General Field Representative for the USDA Arizona / New Mexico – Telecommunications Program
  • Jeff Sobotka, Vice President and State Broadband Director, Arizona Commerce Authority
  • Paul Fleming, COO & Vice President of Wecom Inc./ Data-Max Wireless
  • Steve Peters, Coordinator, Broadband Stakeholder Network and Greater Arizona Educational Leadership organization



ATIC, the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council, and GAZEL, the and the Greater Arizona Educational Leadership organization are leading the development and coordination of AZBSN. We are collaborating with our many partners representing government, education, nonprofit organizations and technology providers. The Stakeholder Network will provide Arizona public, private and nonprofit stakeholders opportunities to build a constituency, network, share information and resources, and collaborate on broadband initiatives. The Network may lead to collaborative projects, development of joint grant applications, sharing of funding and other resources, aggregation of demand at the state and local level, policy discussions, etc.

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