Monday, February 26, 2018

White House defends, explains lack of direct investment in rural broadband in Trump's infrastructure plan

"Amid criticism that President Trump's infrastructure spending plan -- $200 billion meant to seed more than $1 trillion in ultimate public/private investment -- earmarked no money specifically for rural broadband, the White House Friday was trying to explain just how rural broadband access would benefit from the plan," John Eggerton reports for Broadcasting & Cable.

In a fact sheet sent out Feb. 23, the White House press office said Trump has helped facilitate rural broadband expansion with an executive order to streamline requests for creating rural broadband facilities. And though none of the $50 billion earmarked for rural infrastructure was dedicated specifically for rural broadband, the fact sheet says that states have the flexibility to spend all of that money on broadband.

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