(a) In general
Subject to subsection (c) and such terms and conditions as the Secretary may prescribe, the Secretary may make loans under this subchapter to entities eligible to borrow from the Rural Utilities Service, State or local governments, Indian tribes (as defined in section 5304 of title 25), or other public entities for facilities and equipment to expand or improve in rural areas—
(1) 911 access;
(2) integrated interoperable emergency communications, including multiuse networks that provide critical transportation-related information services in addition to emergency communications services;
(3) homeland security communications;
(4) transportation safety communications; or
(5) location technologies used outside an urbanized area.
(b) Loan security
Government-imposed fees related to emergency communications (including State or local 911 fees) may be considered to be security for a loan under this section.
(c) Emergency communications equipment providers
The Secretary may make a loan under this section to an emergency communication equipment provider to expand or improve 911 access or other communications or technologies described in subsection (a) if the local government that has jurisdiction over the project is not allowed to acquire the debt resulting from the loan.
(d) Authorization of appropriations
The Secretary shall use to make loans under this section any funds otherwise made available for telephone loans for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2023.
CODIFICATION Pub. L. 110–234 and Pub. L. 110–246 made identical amendments to this section. The amendments by Pub. L. 110–234 were repealed by section 4(a) of Pub. L. 110–246.AMENDMENTS 2018—Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 115–334, §6506(1), substituted "critical transportation-related" for "commercial or transportation". Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 115–334, §6506(2), substituted "2023" for "2018". 2014—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 113–79 substituted "2018" for "2012". 2008—Pub. L. 110–246, §6107, amended section generally, substituting provisions relating to expansion of access, loan security, emergency communications equipment providers, and authorization of appropriations, consisting of subsecs. (a) to (d), for provisions relating to expansion of access and authorization of appropriations, consisting of subsecs. (a) and (b).EFFECTIVE DATE OF 2008 AMENDMENT Amendment of this section and repeal of Pub. L. 110–234 by Pub. L. 110–246 effective May 22, 2008, the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–234, see section 4 of Pub. L. 110–246, set out as an Effective Date note under section 8701 of this title.
7 U.S.C. § 940e (2018)