New Developments in Broadband – April

Broadband on Capitol Hill Although optimism for a broadband infrastructure spending bill this year is fading, it is still a possibility.  Senate Minority Leader Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Pelosi (D‑CA) plan met with President Trump today  to discuss infrastructure legislation.  Schumer recently said that an overall infrastructure plan (including broadband and traditional infrastructure such as roads and bridges) would need to be “at least $1 trillion.”  Pelosi has said she would like to see funding “closer to $2 trillion.”  Reports from the meeting are that President Trump agreed to seek a deal on the $2 trillion dollar figure.  While this was suprising, how to fund such a package continues to be a sticking point.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (who was not at today’s meeting), reportedly again rejected an increase in the gas tax and reversal of last year’s tax cuts as a potential…

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