What’s in the ‘internet infrastructure bill’?
Posted On July 8, 2021
By The Associated Press December 20, 2020 9:56:58The Trump administration announced Thursday it plans to send a bill to Congress in the coming days that would overhaul the U.S. government’s network infrastructure, including telecommunications and broadband.
The White House said the bill would help improve and improve broadband access and affordability.
It is expected to be signed into law by President Donald Trump in the next two weeks.
The president has promised a “transformative infrastructure bill” that will provide new incentives for broadband deployment and expand broadband services to rural areas, and it is unclear whether the administration will have a similar bill for wired Internet.
The Associated Press reported the plan will include $4 billion in broadband tax credits for businesses, and $50 billion in funding for public broadband.
The White House did not immediately provide details on the program.
The Internet Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (I-FIIA) is expected in the second half of 2020.
It would provide $150 billion in infrastructure funding for rural communities and expand access to broadband in high-risk areas.
In the Senate, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is leading efforts to block a Republican proposal to reauthorize the telecommunications tax credits program, which she said is a subsidy to companies that are already providing poor service to rural communities.
She also is pushing a proposal that would provide federal funding to private companies to buy up copper wires in rural areas.
Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio is pushing legislation to cut off subsidies for private broadband service in Ohio, and Republican Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan is pushing to stop a bill that would give subsidies to broadband providers.