Vol. 17, No. 10
March 15, 2021
House Bill Proposes $100 Billion for Broadband
Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced the Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America Act on March 11.

The bill would invest more than $312 billion in clean energy, energy efficiency, drinking water, broadband and healthcare infrastructure. The bill provides:
  • $80 billion for the deployment of secure and resilient high-speed broadband
  • $5 billion in federal funding for low-interest financing of broadband deployment with a new program that would allow eligible entities to apply for secured loans, lines of credit or loan guarantees to finance broadband infrastructure buildout projects
  • $9.3 billion for broadband affordability and adoption
NTIA to Host March 17 Webinar on Grant Programs
Congress passed the year-end omnibus legislation in December that included several broadband and connectivity expansion bills.

On March 17, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET, NTIA will host a webinar that provides an overview of the new NTIA grant programs, including the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grants, Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Grants and the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program. To participate, register here.
Kelley Drye to Present 12th Annual Update on USF Developments
INCOMPAS member Kelley Drye will host its 12th annual webinar discussing the state of the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) on Monday, March 22 at Noon ET.

This webinar provides an in-depth look at all four USF programs and the USF contribution mechanism, highlighting major developments in the last year and trends for the upcoming year. In addition, this year we will discuss how the ongoing pandemic has influenced the importance of the USF and related policy decisions. This webinar supplements the knowledge Kelley Drye clients gain from the monthly USF Tracker to provide context and analysis of the issues you need to know.

The update will address the following, among other topics:
  • The COVID-19 Telehealth Program
  • The Connected Care Pilot and Rural Healthcare Program
  • Lifeline and the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program
  • E-Rate Outside the Classroom
  • The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) and Broadband Mapping
  • Rip and Replace
  • Contributions Reform

This unique educational event should be attended by anyone involved in the federal USF programs. Regardless of how you participate in the federal USF programs today, this webinar will provide new insights and recommendations for making the most of this $9 billion program.