Senator Wants To Fund Rural Broadband With FCC Auctions

Law360 (June 19, 2020, 7:26 PM EDT) -- The Senate's No. 2 Republican put forward a new bill this week that would send some of the billions the Federal Communications Commission generates from auctioning spectrum bands into a new fund aimed at rural broadband deployment.

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, who chairs the Senate's Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, introduced the bill Thursday, which would earmark 10% of the money the FCC generates from those auctions. The money would go to a fund that would be available for projects that fill gaps in broadband internet service across the country.

"It is critical that South Dakotans...

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