US: GOP Unveils $20 Billion Broadband Infrastructure Bill – for unserved to go to providers

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House Republicans have unveiled their response to the Biden $100 billion broadband infrastructure planthe American Broadband Act, which provides $23 billion in targeted infrastructure deployment funds, to be overseen by the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, rather than the FCC.

According to House Energy & Commerce Committee Republicans, $20 billion over five years would go to broadband buildouts, plus another $3 billion for rural wireless infrastructure.

The money would be handed out by NTIA in the form of grants using the better broadband availability maps Congress, in the Broadband Data Act, mandated that the FCC come up with. The money would go to partnerships between industry and government, so long as the government side of the equation had “streamlined” their permitting processes so that the money goes to broadband, not red tape, said Republicans.

The $3 billion fund for wireless would also be administered by NTIA using FCC maps.

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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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