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Broadband Opportunity Council Seeks Comment on Ways to Further Expand and Promote Broadband Deployment, Adoption and Competition
April 28, 2015
News Media Contact: 
Juliana Gruenwald, (202) 482-2145,
USDA News Media Contact: Anne Mayberry
(202) 690-1756

WASHINGTON – Today, the President’s interagency Broadband Opportunity Council (BOC) announced it is seeking public comment on how federal agencies can promote broadband deployment, adoption and competition.

In a request for comment (RFC), the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce - which are co-chairing the BOC - are asking the public for input in helping to identify regulations and other barriers that are hampering deployment of broadband. The RFC also is seeking recommendations on ways to promote public and private investment in broadband and get a better understanding of the challenges facing areas that lack access to broadband. The Council, which is made up of 25 federal agencies, was established by a March 23 Presidential Memorandum to develop a framework of recommendations to explore ways to remove unnecessary regulatory and policy barriers, incentivize investment, and align funding polices and decisions to support broadband access and adoption.

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Rural Associations Submit Materials to FCC on Data Connection Support Proposal
Today, NTCA, WTA and NECA submitted additional information to the FCC in support of the associations’ Data Connection Support proposal (formerly the Data-Only Broadband Plan). The information contains: (1) an updated sheet showing the troubling disparity in what consumers pay today in the absence of USF support for broadband data connections and what they might pay […]

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