$10 billion of proposed Federal Emergency Relief Package for broadband

Politico reports

STAT DU JOUR: $10 BILLION — That’s how much a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers, including Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), is allocating for broadband connectivity as part of its $908 billion emergency relief plan unveiled Tuesday. Manchin explicitly mentioned broadband as a priority during a news conference Tuesday.

And slightly more info (or context) from Benton

A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers, including Sens Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), is allocating $10 billion for broadband connectivity as part of its $908 billion emergency relief plan. Sen Manchin explicitly mentioned broadband as a priority during a news conference introducing the measure. Prospects for the proposal are still unknown, and likely shaky given the handful of days left in the 116th Congress. But these lawmakers have spoken with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and leadership in their parties about the proposal, and they’re expressing urgency about moving at least some pared-down rescue package before lawmakers leave this month.

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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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