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February updates

02.27.17 – The Congressional Research Service released a report titled Broadband Loan and Grant Programs in the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service. The report notes that the 115th Congress will have to consider reauthorization of the RUS Broadband Loan Program as the 2014 Farm Bill expires on September 30, 2018.

02.24.17 - The Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet has scheduled a hearingon Thursday, March 2, 2017, titled Exploring the Value of Spectrum to the U.S. Economy, which will explore the future of spectrum policy and how wireless technology benefits consumers and the economy. |  Press Release

02.23.17 - The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announced it will hold a hearing on March 1, 2017, titled Connecting America: Improving Access to Infrastructure for Communities Across the Country. The hearing will examine the challenge of connecting Americans, particularly in rural communities, to transportation and information networks. |  Press Release

02.09.17 - The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., entitled, Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission.Press Release
The Communications and Technology Subcommittee in the House of Representatives has announced an FCC Oversight Hearing for the same afternoon to examine the FCC reauthorization, budget, spectrum auctions, and proceedings. | Press Release

02.02.17 - The Senate Broadband Caucus and House Rural Broadband Caucus held a joint meeting titled Bipartisan, Bicameral Broadband Caucus Discussion on Infrastructure Priorities for 2017 to discuss the importance of broadband policy in 2017, particularly as it relates to infrastructure and deployment. 

News clips

02.28.17 Senate Dems hit FCC chairman on consumer data risks (The Hill)  
02.27.17 Dem senator pushes back against GOP efforts to rescind internet privacy rules (The Hill)  
02.24.17 FCC's GOP chairman blocks Internet privacy rule(The Hill) 
02.21.17 GOP sets sights on internet privacy rules (The Hill) 
02.17.21 FCC chair responds to Franken's net neutrality concerns(The Hill) 
02.16.17 Senate Dem blasts GOP for trying to repeal broadband privacy rules (The Hill) 
02.14.17 House Dems rip FCC chief over internet subsidy program (The Hill) 
02.13.17 GOP split on net neutrality strategy (The Hill) 
02.12.17 New chairman quickly shakes up FCC (The Hill) 
02.11.17 Net neutrality fix faces hard sell (The Hill) 
02.10.17 FCC faces doubleheader of Hill hearings (The Hill) 
02.07.17 Dems come out swinging on net neutrality (The Hill) 
02.02.17 Lawmakers push FCC chief to boost rural broadband (The Hill) 
02.02.17 FCC chairman unveils plan to increase transparency (The Hill)