how do the two plans differ, besides the amounts they would spend?

The House plan
splits its $6 billion between the Department of Agriculture’s Rural
Utilities Service and the Commerce Department’s National
Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Ag has to
spend 75% of its half, or $2.25 billion, in “rural area(s) without
sufficient access to high-speed broadband service.” (The Federal
Communications Commission would decide what constitutes an un-served or
underserved area.) The House would require this new service to be “open
access,” which means that competitors would be allowed to use the new
infrastructure.

The Senate ponied up $9 billion for broadband, half of which would be
set aside to extend service to rural areas. The Senate version doe NOT
send the money to USDA. The entire $9 billion would go to the NTIA’s
Technology Opportunities Program. The Senate bill
would allow the Commerce Department to transfer some money to USDA, but
leaves that up to negotiations between the two cabinets. Also, the
Senate version does not require “open access.”

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House and Senate Pass Different Broadband Plans

Both the House and the Senate have their stimulus plans and both contain money for improving Web speeds and extending internet broadband to unserved rural areas. The House bill has $6 billion in its broadband kitty. The Senate has larded away $9 billion. So, how do the two plans differ, besides the amounts they would spend?

The House plan splits its $6 billion between the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service and the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Ag has to spend 75% of its half, or $2.25 billion, in "rural area(s) without sufficient access to high-speed broadband service." (The Federal Communications Commission would decide what constitutes an un-served or underserved area.) The House would require this new service to be "open access," which means that competitors would be allowed to use the new infrastructure.

The Senate ponied up $9 billion for broadband, half of which would be set aside to extend service to rural areas. The Senate version doe NOT send the money to USDA. The entire $9 billion would go to the NTIA's Technology Opportunities Program. The Senate bill would allow the Commerce Department to transfer some money to USDA, but leaves that up to negotiations between the two cabinets. Also, the Senate version does not require "open access."

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Both the House and the Senate have their stimulus plans and both contain money for improving Web speeds and extending internet broadband to unserved rural areas. The House bill has $6 billion in its broadband kitty. The Senate has larded away $9 billion. So, how do the two plans differ, besides the amounts they would spend?

The House plan splits its $6 billion between the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service and the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Ag has to spend 75% of its half, or $2.25 billion, in “rural area(s) without sufficient access to high-speed broadband service.” (The Federal Communications Commission would decide what constitutes an un-served or underserved area.) The House would require this new service to be “open access,” which means that competitors would be allowed to use the new infrastructure.

The Senate ponied up $9 billion for broadband, half of which would be set aside to extend service to rural areas. The Senate version doe NOT send the money to USDA. The entire $9 billion would go to the NTIA’s Technology Opportunities Program. The Senate bill would allow the Commerce Department to transfer some money to USDA, but leaves that up to negotiations between the two cabinets. Also, the Senate version does not require “open access.”

 

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