Steve Kelley’s take on federal funding and rural broadband

The University of Minnesota recently interviewed Steve Kelley about President Trump recent Executive Order to expand access to broadband internet in rural America.

Here is one of their questions…

How likely do you think it is that the federal government will provide the level of funding necessary?
“The recent tax cut legislation will put limits on the federal budget, limiting the resources available from the federal discretionary budget.  The FCC has not shown an inclination to increase the fees that help subsidize rural telecommunications so it seems unlikely that the federal government will play a role.  The President has floated the idea of using tax cuts or credits to increase infrastructure investment but it is uncertain whether such new tax benefits will be large enough to increase rural investment.”

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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