The Federal Scene 

December updates

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

News clips

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)