SpaceX Appeals FCC Denial of Rural Digital Opportunity Money
SpaceX Appeals FCC Denial of Rural Digital Opportunity Money
2022-09-14 20:27:13
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Elon Musk’s SpaceX is appealing the $885 million denial from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund in early August. The company had won the grant in 2020, which would have subsidized the deployment of its satellites to bring internet... Read More

Rural Broadband Companies Face Fines
2022-07-26 20:07:17
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission proposed $4.35 million in fines against 73 rural broadband companies that applied and received government funding to build their rural networks but never did. The companies had all won bids in 2020 for areas... Read More

Nebraska’s Quandary: Building out the Internet for All
2022-07-07 19:41:40
by Madeline Hughes

LINCOLN, Neb. — In Nebraska officials want to ensure the millions set aside for broadband buildout during the pandemic are used. However, it’s going to be hard for the rural state where one company recently declined to use $13 million... Read More

Benefits of Electric Vehicles Overlook Agricultural Areas
2022-01-13 00:43:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Automotive industry officials told a congressional panel Wednesday that reaching President Joe Biden’s goal of switching the U.S. transportation sector to electric vehicles is likely to be a trade-off of one set of problems for another. Electric vehicles... Read More

USDA Invests $21 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural New York
2021-07-06 20:18:48
by Dan McCue

About 13,511 people, 146 farms and 72 businesses are about to see their daily activities transformed due to a $21 million investment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The money will be used to provide broadband internet service to Madison... Read More

In The States
Oregon Counties Vote to Merge With GOP-Favoring Idaho
2021-05-23 12:49:20
by Dan McCue

A majority of voters in five rural Oregon counties on Tuesday said they’d rather leave their state than continue to be a Republican minority in a decidedly blue place. Instead, residents of Sherman, Lake, Grant, Baker, and Malheur counties endorsed... Read More

Senators Collins and Hassan Protect Funding for Nearly 200 Rural, Low-Income School Districts
2021-01-04 14:46:35
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON — Last week, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., announced they successfully reversed a Department of Education decision that jeopardized funding for nearly 200 rural, low-income school districts.  A provision they negotiated was included in the... Read More

House Watch
KS-01: Tracey Mann (R)
2020-11-01 09:36:01
by TWN Staff

About Mann: Tracey Mann served as the 50th Lt. Governor of the great state of Kansas. Born and raised on his family's farm just south of Quinter, Kan., Mann was the fifth generation to live in a house his great,... Read More

Mental Health
Bipartisan Legislation Will Assist Farmers and Rural Communities Tackle Mental Health Issues
2019-10-24 20:15:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan trio of House members are fighting to increase mental health care options to address the growing rate of suicide in rural America. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., a member of the House Agriculture Committee, led a bipartisan... Read More

House Panel Told Broadband Policies Should Not Worsen Urban/Rural Divide
2019-09-11 23:48:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A far-reaching broadband connectivity should not be dictated by the location of a home or business, but rather should foster economic growth and sustainable communities by being equally accessible by all. That was the overarching message delivered to... Read More

Bipartisan RURAL Act Introduced to Expand Access to Rural Broadband Grants and FEMA Disaster Relief
2019-04-19 20:03:50
by Sean Trambley

This week, Representatives Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Adrian Smith, R-Neb., introduced the Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas and Lands (RURAL) Act, legislation to help preserve jobs and encourage infrastructure development by expanding access for tax-exempt cooperative organizations to a variety of... Read More

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