WASHINGTON — Assistant to the Secretary of Rural Development Ann Hazlett announced Wednesday the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a new toolkit to help support the deployment of high-speed broadband e-connectivity in rural communities.

The e-connectivity toolkit features 27 USDA programs that support broadband deployment. The guide allows customers to identify their type of e-connectivity project and locate resources the federal government offers for planning, equipment, construction, research and more.

The toolkit highlights examples of how e-connectivity resources are being used to increase access to broadband services in rural communities. It is free and available to the public online, and can be easily printed for offline use.

The USDA's launch of the e-connectivity toolkit closely follows the unveiling of the ReConnect Program, a pilot program authorized by the Consolidated Budget Act of 2018, to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas that lack sufficient access to broadband.

For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.