The Federal Scene
12.20.18 – President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes reforms to ease regulatory barriers and better target broadband funds to increase access to broadband internet for farmers and rural communities. | USDA press release
12.13.18 - The FCC released a report and order that offers additional funding to carriers that currently receive A-CAM support in exchange for deploying broadband at increased speeds, provides an opportunity for legacy carriers to transition to model-based support, and authorizes additional support for carriers remaining on the legacy rate-of-return support mechanisms in exchange for targeting higher broadband speeds.
12.13.18 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. The USDA released a fact sheet and FAQ on its ReConnect program.
12.11.18 - The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing entitled “RAY BAUM’S Act: A Bipartisan Foundation for Bridging the Digital Divide.” | press release
|12.21.18||Government shutdown begins … (Politico)|
|12.20.18||Senators lift hold on FCC commissioner (The Hill)|
|12.13.18||Manchin puts hold on FCC nomination over wireless internet fund delay (The Hill)|
|12.13.18||Push for privacy bill gains new momentum (The Hill)|
|12.12.18||House passes $867 billion farm bill, sending it to Trump (The Hill)|
|12.07.18||FCC to investigate whether major wireless carriers submitted false coverage data (The Hill)|