Wireless Industry News » For the Love of Money! Lawmakers Spar Over Source of Infrastructure Funding
Bi-partisan Congressional support for expanding access to rural and urban broadband is strong, but Republicans and Democrats struggle over the method of paying for more infrastructure. The Washington Examiner explains Republicans believe the solution is simple: Tax cuts for the companies installing the new infrastructure, and money from the FCC’s Universal Service Fund. Democrats disagree, and claim more taxes and additional funding is necessary to meet the massive amount of buildout essential for providing high-speed internet access.
So far, 48 senators and 71 house representatives asked Trump to make policy decisions concerning high-speed broadband a priority. A letter signed by senators stated, “Expanding access to broadband, both rural and urban, is the infrastructure challenge of our generation, and we cannot afford to wait to make progress on this important goal.” Read More