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The New FCC Rural Broadband Fund Would Move Funds From Existing Program

The rural broadband fund that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed on April 12 would rely on funding from an existing broadband program slated to expire in 2020, while also setting higher standards for internet speeds. Around $2 billion has been available annually in recent years through the Connect America Fund and that same amount would be shifted to the new fund -- dubbed the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund --said Mark Wigfield, a spokesman for the FCC. The new program, as envisioned, would differ from the Connect America Fund in some key ways, Wigfield said.

Inside GAO’s Plan to Make Congress More Tech-Savvy

As lawmakers prepare to weigh in on high-profile tech issues like artificial intelligence, 5G and online privacy, the Government Accountability Office wants to make sure they know what they’re doing.  On March 20, GAO submitted a letter to Congress outlining its vision for the group. The plan, which has not yet been made public, will include specifics on the size and scope of the office.