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June updates

06.29.17 - President Trump nominated Brendan Carr to be a FCC Commissioner for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2018, and for an additional five year term from July 1, 2018.

06.29.17 - The GAO released a report entitled Additional Action Needed to Address Significant Risks in FCC’s Lifeline Program. The report found weaknesses in several areas of the Lifeline program such as proper verification of subscriber eligibility. Among other things, the GAO also recommended that USAC move Lifeline funds to the US Treasury rather than a private bank. |  GAO Highlights

06.21.17 - President Trump gave a speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and confirmed that funding for rural broadband networks would be included in his infrastructure proposal. He specifically said there would be "a provision in our infrastructure proposal — $1 trillion proposal … to promote and foster enhanced broadband access for rural America."  

06.15.17 - The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade will hold a hearing titled “Improving Broadband Deployment: Solutions for Rural America” at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017. 

06.14.17 - The Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, has scheduled a hearing titled “The Universal Service Fund and Rural Broadband Investment” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The subcommittee will examine the Federal Communications Commission’s Universal Service Fund and its capabilities for the deployment of broadband in rural America.

06.14.17 - The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology announcedhearing titled “Defining and Mapping Broadband Coverage in America” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The hearing will examine the accuracy of data collection efforts when it comes to reaching unserved or underserved areas, as well as the robustness of available technologies. |  Press Release

06.13.17 – President Trump announced his intent to nominate Jessica Rosenworcel to the Federal Communications Commission as a Commissioner.

06.12.17 – Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) introduced HR 2970, the Gigabit Opportunity (GO) Act, which would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to promote broadband development in rural and economically disadvantaged areas by providing tax benefits for investments in gigabit opportunity zones. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.) introduced a similar bill, S 1013, in the Senate last month. |  Press Release

News clips

06.29.17 Watchdog: Deceased individuals getting money from FCC's Lifeline program (The Hill)  
06.28.17 Trump picks FCC's top lawyer for open commission seat (Politico) 
06.21.17 House Republican criticizes Dems for not rallying behind privacy bill (The Hill) 
06.21.17 White House looks to bridge gap between Silicon Valley and the rest of America(The Hill) 
06.20.17 Trump heads to heartland for tech push (The Hill) 
06.19.17 Pelosi asks FCC chairman to hold San Francisco hearing on net neutrality (The Hill) 
06.14.17 Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term (The Hill) 
06.06.17 House Republican looks for Dem allies on internet privacy bill (The Hill) 
06.05.17 New GOP push on internet privacy (The Hill)