Lawmakers Ask USDA To Free Up Rural Broadband Money

By Christopher Cole (February 27, 2020, 7:27 PM EST) -- A bipartisan group of nine senators has called on the Trump administration to make more than $500 million available under a recently created rural broadband program to communities that already have received the Federal Communications Commission's financial help for satellite service.

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., were among the lawmakers who urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a letter on Wednesday to make areas that don't have high-speed internet eligible for the ReConnect Program even if they received FCC satellite funds, saying that nothing in federal law prevents it.

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