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FCC's Pai Floats $500M Rural Broadband Funding Plan

Law360, Washington (January 16, 2018, 5:12 PM EST) -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced a proposal Tuesday, with few public details, that would pump more than $500 million into small rural broadband carriers and local cooperatives in order to bolster rural high-speed broadband deployment, while also imposing new anti-abuse rules.

The FCC’s Republican chief issued a two-paragraph announcement stating that he had shared a proposed order on the plan with his fellow commissioners that, if adopted, would provide more than $500 million for rural broadband, impose “strong new rules to prevent abuse of...
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