Rural Electrification Act
1936 United States federal law / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The Rural Electrification Act of 1936, enacted on May 20, 1936, provided federal loans for the installation of electrical distribution systems to serve isolated rural areas of the United States.
1936 United States federal law
|Other short titles||Rural Electrification and Telephone Service Act of 1936|
|Long title||An Act to provide for rural electrification, and for other purposes.|
|Nicknames||Rural Electrification Act of 1936|
|Enacted by||the 74th United States Congress|
|Effective||May 20, 1936|
|Public law||Pub. L. 74–605|
|Statutes at Large||49 Stat. 1363|
|Titles amended||7 U.S.C.: Agriculture|
|U.S.C. sections created||7 U.S.C. ch. 31 § 901 et seq.|
The funding was channeled through cooperative electric power companies, hundreds of which still exist today. These member-owned cooperatives purchased power on a wholesale basis and distributed it using their own network of transmission and distribution lines. The Rural Electrification Act was one of many New Deal proposals by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to remedy high unemployment during the Great Depression.