ICF assisted with the development of policies relating to USDA’s Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Program required by statutory changes in the 2008 Farm Bill.
ICF facilitated a series of meetings with RUS staff to work through the policy development process. ICF took this information and, under an aggressive timeframe, assisted RD in revising program regulations. ICF also worked with RD staff to help draft an updated guidebook—the instruction manual for program applicants. ICF provided insight into the practical realities surrounding policy decisions, the implications of technical considerations, and the challenges faced in administering a U.S. federal broadband program.