Budget Bill Includes Rural Broadband Bucks

The budget bill that passed in the wee hours of the morning of Feb 9 included $20 billion for infrastructure initiatives, at least some of which will go to broadband buildouts.

The money is divided into two tranches, $10 billion for FY18 and $10 billion for FY 2019, according to House Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR). The money will be spread among a number of projects--waste and drinking water and transportation--but also for the rural broadband deployment, which President Donald Trump recently said was a priority given the need to connect farmers. “Today’s agreement marks an important step forward on several priorities the Energy and Commerce Committee has championed for many months," Chairman Walden said. 


Budget Bill Includes Rural Broadband Bucks