The Congress yesterday passed HR 133, a combination of the twelve FY 2021 appropriations bills, and coronavirus relief legislation (Division M). Attached is a division-by-division summary of the coronavirus relief package which you may find of interest. Some items of interest:
Provides an additional $250 million to the FCC for its COVID-19 Telehealth Program authorized under the CARES Act.
Provides $65 million to the FCC to create broadband data maps required under the Broadband DATA Act.
Establishes two grant programs at the NTIA. The first is a grant program of $1 billion to support broadband connectivity on tribal lands, to be used not only for broadband deployment on tribal lands, but also telehealth, distance learning, broadband affordability, and digital inclusion. The second is a $300 million broadband deployment program to support broadband infrastructure deployment to areas lacking broadband, especially rural areas.
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