2018 Farm Bill Broadband Update


Last Friday, the Senate Agriculture Committee released draft text for the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill. S. 3042, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, has bipartisan support and received near unanimous approval of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes significant investments in rural economic development. The Senate version includes language that establishes a minimum broadband service speed for projects funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). All projects funded by the USDA must provide a minimum broadband speed of 25 megabites per second (Mbps) downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. This language modernizes the USDA’s standard of broadband service to reflect the standard observed by the FCC. In addition, the bill authorizes a multitude of funding and technical assistance programs to support rural broadband deployment.

Source: RCRC Barbed Wire Newsletter [Emphasas Added]

Those communities with a broadband plan can seek access to these funds. Got Plan?


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