The new National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy (NARDeP) Center, funded by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and jointly managed by the four Regional Rural Development Centers, has released a call for proposals for a white paper focusing on "Broadband Access, Adoption and Application: Policy Challenges and Options." The application deadline is August 17, 2012.
The NARDeP Center's purpose includes providing timely and unbiased information on agriculture and rural development issues to policy makers. In light of the significant national interest and investment being made in broadband expansion into rural America, NARDeP feels it is essential to examine policy and program options that can spur the growth of broadband access and use by rural people, farm/nonfarm enterprises, and places.
For more information on this project, please read the full call for proposals. You can learn more about NARDeP on its website.