Bill to Fund Rural Broadband

Representatives including Mark Pocan, https://pocan.house.gov, Cheri Bustos https://bustos.house.gov, Jared Huffman https://huggman.house.gov, Hal Rogers https://rodgers.house.gov, and Elise Stefanik https://stefanik.house.gov have reintroduced the “Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program Act” known as the B-CROP Act.

This bill would award grant funding to rural broadband projects in high need in combination with the current loan funding available through USDA’s Rural Utilities Service. The B-CROP Act proposes policies to target federal funds to rural and tribal areas in the highest need regardless of where Americans live, work, or retire.

The B-CROP Act would:

  • Allow for grants of up to 50 percent of a project’s cost and up to 75 percent for remote high need areas
  • Coordinate with the FCC’s Universal Service High Cost Support programs
  • Increase funding for USDA’s Rural Utilities Service’s broadband programs to $50 million per fiscal year.
  • Provide adequate resources to private sector providers to expand broadband access to unserved rural areas
  • Give partnership projects special attention
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