Legislators Push for $2 Billion for Broadband

Multichannel News reports…

The bipartisan legislators urging big broadband bucks for small broadband operators in the next COVID-19 aid package have written to their respective leadership to put an exclamation point on that push.

Penning the letter were Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.).

Klobuchar and Cramer introduced a House bill two weeks ago to set aside $2 billion in the next bill for rural broadband connectivity. Welch and Marshall introduced a Senate version.

I wrote about the House Bill earlier. Here’s more info on the bill…

The bill would create a $2 billion FCC fund that could be paid out to the smaller operators for ongoing free or discounted service to low-income residents.

This entry was posted in Funding, Policy, Rural by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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