New Executive Orders Aim to Streamline Rural Broadband Deployment
Tuesday, January 09, 2018 | Comments

President Donald Trump signed two executive orders aimed at streamlining rural broadband deployment. The orders said executive departments and agencies should seek to reduce barriers to capital investment, remove obstacles to broadband services and more efficiently employ government resources.

“Lowering the costs of broadband deployment to rural areas can strengthen the business case for broadband facilities deployment and therefore amplify investments in broadband infrastructure,” said a memorandum for the secretary of the Interior. “To that end, the executive branch will seek to make federal assets more available for rural broadband deployment, with due consideration of national security concerns.”

Among other actions, the executive branch will continue its implementation of section 6409 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, which requires, among other things, that the General Services Administration (GSA) develop a common form and master contract for wireless facility sitings on buildings and other property owned by the federal government.

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