Rural eConnectivity Program; Correction, 9567 [2022-03716]

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[FR Doc. 2022–03702 Filed 2–18–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–18–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service [Docket No. RUS–22–TELECOM–0009] Rural eConnectivity Program; Correction Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture. ACTION: Notice; correction and amendment to Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 AGENCY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) published a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and solicitation of applications in the Federal Register on October 25, 2021, entitled Rural eConnectivity Program (ReConnect SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:42 Feb 18, 2022 Jkt 256001 Program), announcing its general policy and application procedures for funding under the ReConnect Program established pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (which became law on February 15, 2019) which provides loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of changes made to the ReConnect program and to correct the October notice. The two changes are extending the application window until 11:59 a.m.. Eastern on March 9, 2022 and potentially increasing total level of funding. DATES: Actions described in this notice take effect February 22, 2022. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general inquiries regarding the ReConnect Program, contact Laurel Leverier, Assistant Administrator Telecommunications Program, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), email: laurel.leverrier@usda.gov, telephone (202) 720–9554. For inquiries regarding eligible service areas, please contact ReConnect Program Staff at https:// www.usda.gov/reconnect/contact-us. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On October 25, 2021, RUS published a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and solicitation of applications in the Federal Register at 86 FR 58860. The FOA provided the policy and application procedures for the ReConnect Program. In support of the ReConnect Program, the agency identified the application closing date and funding amount for each category. Since the publication of the FOA, the Agency’s application system has been experiencing some issues that have hampered applicants from being able to complete applications. To allow the Agency sufficient time to address all the system issues and to give the applicants adequate time to complete their applications, the Agency has determined that an extension of the current period for submitting applications warranted. The actions taken in this notice will extend the application window until 11:59 a.m. Eastern on March 9, 2022. These actions are being taken by the Agency to ensure a successful third round of funding under the ReConnect Program. There has also been a variety of new funding sources that meet the goals and purposes of this program. Therefore, to minimize the notices required, RUS may, at its discretion, increase the total level of funding available in this PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9567 funding round or in any category in this funding round from any available source provided the awards meet the requirements of the statute which made the funding available to the agency. Summary of Changes The FOA published in the Federal Register on October 25, 2021, FOA must be corrected in regard to the application window being expanded from 11:59 a.m. Eastern on February 22, 2022 to 11:59 a.m. Eastern on March 9, 2022. The FOA must also be corrected to allow RUS at its discretion to increase the total level of funding available. Corrections In FR Doc. 2021–23128 appearing on page 58860 in the Federal Register of Monday, October 25, 2021, the following corrections are made: 1. On page 58860, second column, under DATES, correct ‘‘11:59 a.m. Eastern on February 22, 2022’’ to read ‘‘11:59 a.m. Eastern on March 9, 2022’’. 2. On page 85560, third column, under Overview, in the Dates section: i. Correct ‘‘11:59 a.m. Eastern on February 22, 2022’’ to read ‘‘11:59 a.m. Eastern on March 9, 2022’’; and ii. Correct the sentence ‘‘Applications will not be accepted after February 22, 2022 until a new application opportunity has been opened with the publication of an additional FOA in the Federal Register’’ to read ‘‘Applications will not be accepted after March 9, 2022 until a new application opportunity has been opened with the publication of an additional FOA in the Federal Register’’. 3. On page 58861, first column, at the end of the first full paragraph, add the sentence ‘‘RUS may at its discretion, increase the total level of funding available in this funding round or in any category in this funding round from any available source provided the awards meet the requirements of the statute which made the funding available to the agency.’’ Christopher A. McLean, Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2022–03716 Filed 2–17–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Notice of Public Meeting of the Tennessee Advisory Committee Commission on Civil Rights. Announcement of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service

[Docket No. RUS-22-TELECOM-0009]


Rural eConnectivity Program; Correction

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture.

ACTION: Notice; correction and amendment to Funding Opportunity 
Announcement (FOA).

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SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) published a Funding 
Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and solicitation of applications in the 
Federal Register on October 25, 2021, entitled Rural eConnectivity 
Program (ReConnect Program), announcing its general policy and 
application procedures for funding under the ReConnect Program 
established pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 
(which became law on February 15, 2019) which provides loans, grants, 
and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in rural 
areas. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of changes 
made to the ReConnect program and to correct the October notice. The 
two changes are extending the application window until 11:59 a.m.. 
Eastern on March 9, 2022 and potentially increasing total level of 
funding.

DATES: Actions described in this notice take effect February 22, 2022.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general inquiries regarding the 
ReConnect Program, contact Laurel Leverier, Assistant Administrator 
Telecommunications Program, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture (USDA), email: [email protected], telephone (202) 
720-9554. For inquiries regarding eligible service areas, please 
contact ReConnect Program Staff at https://www.usda.gov/reconnect/contact-us.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On October 25, 2021, RUS published a Funding Opportunity 
Announcement (FOA) and solicitation of applications in the Federal 
Register at 86 FR 58860. The FOA provided the policy and application 
procedures for the ReConnect Program. In support of the ReConnect 
Program, the agency identified the application closing date and funding 
amount for each category.
    Since the publication of the FOA, the Agency's application system 
has been experiencing some issues that have hampered applicants from 
being able to complete applications. To allow the Agency sufficient 
time to address all the system issues and to give the applicants 
adequate time to complete their applications, the Agency has determined 
that an extension of the current period for submitting applications 
warranted. The actions taken in this notice will extend the application 
window until 11:59 a.m. Eastern on March 9, 2022. These actions are 
being taken by the Agency to ensure a successful third round of funding 
under the ReConnect Program.
    There has also been a variety of new funding sources that meet the 
goals and purposes of this program. Therefore, to minimize the notices 
required, RUS may, at its discretion, increase the total level of 
funding available in this funding round or in any category in this 
funding round from any available source provided the awards meet the 
requirements of the statute which made the funding available to the 
agency.

Summary of Changes

    The FOA published in the Federal Register on October 25, 2021, FOA 
must be corrected in regard to the application window being expanded 
from 11:59 a.m. Eastern on February 22, 2022 to 11:59 a.m. Eastern on 
March 9, 2022. The FOA must also be corrected to allow RUS at its 
discretion to increase the total level of funding available.

Corrections

    In FR Doc. 2021-23128 appearing on page 58860 in the Federal 
Register of Monday, October 25, 2021, the following corrections are 
made:
    1. On page 58860, second column, under DATES, correct ``11:59 a.m. 
Eastern on February 22, 2022'' to read ``11:59 a.m. Eastern on March 9, 
2022''.
    2. On page 85560, third column, under Overview, in the Dates 
section:
    i. Correct ``11:59 a.m. Eastern on February 22, 2022'' to read 
``11:59 a.m. Eastern on March 9, 2022''; and
    ii. Correct the sentence ``Applications will not be accepted after 
February 22, 2022 until a new application opportunity has been opened 
with the publication of an additional FOA in the Federal Register'' to 
read ``Applications will not be accepted after March 9, 2022 until a 
new application opportunity has been opened with the publication of an 
additional FOA in the Federal Register''.
    3. On page 58861, first column, at the end of the first full 
paragraph, add the sentence ``RUS may at its discretion, increase the 
total level of funding available in this funding round or in any 
category in this funding round from any available source provided the 
awards meet the requirements of the statute which made the funding 
available to the agency.''

Christopher A. McLean,
Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. 2022-03716 Filed 2-17-22; 8:45 am]
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