The Federal Scene 

Keeping up with Congress, federal agencies and more

This page keeps you abreast of D.C. telecom-related actions, whether they come from the executive, legislative or judicial branch.

Latest updates

10.07.19 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it is investing $152 million in 20 projects to provide or improve rural broadband service in 14 states. The USDA is making the investments through the  Community Connect Grant Program, the  Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program and the  Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program.

10.01.19 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an opinion granting in part and denying in part petitions for review of the 2018 Restoring Internet Freedom order. The court upheld the order with two exceptions.

09.04.19 - The House Communications and Technology Subcommittee announced it will hold a hearing on September 11, 2019, entitled “Legislating to Connect America: Improving the Nation’s Broadband Maps.” |  Press Release 

08.29.19 - The Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet announced it will hold a field hearing in South Dakota on September 5, 2019, entitled "Transforming Rural America: A New Era of Innovation." Among other things, the hearing will explore the need to bring additional reliable broadband connectivity to rural America. |  Press Release 

News clips

10.02.19 Where the net neutrality fight goes next (Axios) 
10.01.19 Appeals court upholds net neutrality repeal but rules FCC can't block state laws(The Hill)  
08.22.19 State attorneys general, telecom companies band together on sweeping anti-robocall effort(The Hill) 
08.01.19 Senate confirms Trump's first chief technology officer (The Hill) 
08.01.19 FCC approves plan to improve broadband mapping data (The Hill)