USDA Launches Rural Broadband Portal

(TNS) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a website to inform the public on ongoing rural broadband opportunities and future opportunities and to allow for feedback. According to a release, $700 million is available every year for rural broadband connectivity projects with an additional $600 million a year in funds to soon become … Continue reading USDA Launches Rural Broadband Portal

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Field Level Broadband Mapping Proposal

I have been working on the problem of broadband mapping accuracy since the summer of 2013 when the Gold County Broadband Consortia collected broadband survey forms at the Nevada County Fair. Plotting the information gathered at the Fair revealed some significant gaps in the California Broadband Maps.  The GCBC worked with the California Public Utilities … Continue reading Field Level Broadband Mapping Proposal

RCRC: Rural Broadband Legislation Passed

This week, the House passed two pieces of legislation that would promote rural broadband. HR 3994, the Access Broadband Act, would create the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth (OICG) within the Department of Commerce. HR 4881, the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018, would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish the Task … Continue reading RCRC: Rural Broadband Legislation Passed

Four Telecom Bills Sail Through House

Four pieces of telecom-focused legislation passed the House by generous margins on Monday. In the afternoon, lawmakers passed by voice votes the PIRATE Act, H.R. 5709 (115), which would boost penalties for unlicensed radio broadcasters, and the ACCESS BROADBAND Act, H.R. 3994 (115) , which would create an internet connectivity office within the Commerce Department's … Continue reading Four Telecom Bills Sail Through House

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 … Continue reading 2018 Farm Bill Broadband Update