Larger share of American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) population was in eligible ReConnect areas; smaller share of eligible AIAN lived in areas with program applications, fiscal years 2019–21

Bar chart showing five racial and ethnic groups living in areas with submitted ReConnect applications and in areas with approved applications as a percent of population in eligible ReConnect areas.

USDA, Economic Research Service researchers studied the areas and populations served by three USDA rural broadband programs—the Broadband Initiative Program (BIP), Community Connect, and ReConnect. BIP was the largest of these programs during the period studied (fiscal years 2009–21), but ReConnect now is the largest.

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