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S. Rept. 116-274: Advancing Critical Connectivity Expands Service, Small Business Resources, Opportunities, Access, and Data Based on Assessed Need and Demand Act, Report to Accompany S. 1046, October 1, 2020   [open pdf - 449KB]

From the Document: "The United States faces a persistent digital divide. Although more than 98 percent of Americans have access to high-speed broadband, over 20 million Americans are still without such service. The Federal Government has established a number of programs designed to increase access to broadband [...]. In addition to the Universal Service Fund programs managed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), several other Federal agencies run programs that provide funding to support broadband access or adoption. Navigating the myriad Federal broadband support programs can be challenging for entities seeking assistance. Not only are Federal broadband support programs spread across multiple Executive Branch agencies, but the programs often have different qualifications and applications; address different needs; and may not be well-promoted. Streamlining and standardizing applications for broadband support across these programs (to the extent such standardization is possible) and better promoting these programs to the public can help those seeking Federal broadband support to access those programs more efficiently. NTIA [National Telecommunications and Information Administration] has attempted to accomplish some of this simplification through its BroadbandUSA program. BroadbandUSA currently serves local and State governments, industry, and nonprofits that seek to enhance broadband connectivity. [...] S. 1046 seeks to address some of the shortcomings stakeholders have pointed out with respect to BroadbandUSA and Federal broadband support programs at large. It would create a new office within NTIA and confer upon that office certain specific responsibilities, including attempting to streamline application processes for those programs."

Report Number:
S. Rept. 116-274; Senate Report 116-274
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Date:
2020-10-01
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Public Domain
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U.S. Government Publishing Office: http://www.gpo.gov/
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pdf
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