Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pressed farm bill negotiators to finalize an agreement as quickly as possible, but House Republicans used the conference committee’s first formal meeting to continue to press senators to accept tighter work requirements for food stamp recipients.
USDA has unveiled a new webpage featuring information about the importance of rural e-Connectivity and the ways the department is investing to help deploy high-speed broadband infrastructure in rural America.
A little-noticed provision in the 2017 tax reform law could threaten the non-profit status of rural electric cooperatives if they use federal disaster aid or take advantage of a new initiative to expand broadband service.
The Federal Communications Commission is presiding over a tug-of-war in telecommunication regulations that will affect who gets licenses to own bits of a chunk of radio spectrum – regs that will broadly affect rural broadband development and access.
The Senate Commerce Committee has approved a bill that would create a task force to focus on the connectivity and technology needs of modern ag producers who are too often without broadband in their fields and ranches.