Harmonic Gear Accepted For USDA's Rural Broadband Program

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Harmonic's video-processing, edge QAM, video-on-demand and cable access solutions have been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service agency for its Rural Development Telecommunications Program.

The "RUS Acceptance" status means rural communications companies can purchase Harmonic products with funds obtained through RUS grants or low-interest loans. Harmonic's acceptance was based on the company's compliance with RUS requirements, customer satisfaction and industry standards.

The RUS telecommunications program -- part of the 2009 federal economic-stimulus package -- is designed to help service providers develop, plan and finance the construction of broadband communications by providing financial grants in rural communities where such services are unavailable or underdeveloped. The USDA's Rural Utilities Service is allocating around $2.5 billion in broadband grant and loan money.

"The Rural Utility Services telecommunications program is a vital program providing rural telecom operators an enormous opportunity to bring broadband services to their communities," Harmonic vice president of North America sales Jim Marino said in a statement.