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Rural Broadband: Taking a Broad-Scope Look at State Legislation

August 8, 2017View for printing

Broadband Internet access has been a focal point for legislators across the U.S. In 2017 sessions alone, many states have taken their own shot at crafting pro-access legislation.

And in March, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., introduced legislation that would streamline broadband permitting in existing highway rights-of-way for broadband infrastructure projects. Called the Highway Rights-of-Way Permitting Efficiency Act of 2017, the bill seeks to avoid duplicative federal permitting and regulations and other issues that cause project delays and cost-overruns.

"We need to reduce the rural and urban divide in digital connectivity," Daines said in a press release ... adband-bill . "By eliminating unnecessary regulations we can more rapidly connect rural America and deploy broadband infrastructure."

by Eyragon Eidam, Jessica Mulholland

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