Vol. 17, No. 32
August 16, 2021
USDA Announces Rural Broadband Investments
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it is investing $167 million to provide broadband service in rural areas in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. The investments are part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.
House Committee Seeks Standards to Avoid Spectrum Interference
Last week, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), along with Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-Ok.), of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology sent letters to the FCC expressing concerns about out-of-band emission (OOBE) limits to protect the integrity of global weather forecasting, satellite-based climate measurements, and ground-based radio astronomy observations in the 23.6-24 GHz band.

“We urge the FCC to modify section 30.203 of its rules to fully conform its domestic OOBE limits for the 24 GHz band with the international limits articulated in Resolution 750,” said Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas in the letters. “We also ask that FCC pay particular attention to the docket filings by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, National Academies’ Committee on Radio Interference, American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union and National Weather Association on implementation questions that would have a significant impact on reducing the threat of harmful interference with passive earth science observations.”