Rep. Budd-Sponsored Bill to Jump Start Rural Broadband Projects Passes House

Washington, D.C. -- Today, H.R. 3193, the Eliminating Barriers to Rural Internet Development Grant Eligibility (E-BRIDGE) Act passed the House. Rep. Budd sponsored this legislation in May.

The bill removes regulatory barriers for broadband projects under EDA grants including “last-mile” projects. It also helps local governments partner with the private sector to embark on new broadband projects and gives communities additional flexibility to comply with funding-match requirements.

The bill was originally introduced by Reps. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Michael Guest (R-MS).

Rep. Budd said in a statement:

“In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, expanding high-speed internet access could not be more important. To accomplish this critical goal, I was happy to help pass a bill that eliminates bureaucratic red tape and allows local communities and the private sector to jump start the building of broadband in rural communities across North Carolina.”

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