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Executive order signed for broadband in rural areas

Category: Technology, Politics

by AFBF

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The Executive Order does not provide any funding for the deployment of broadband to rural areas.

The president signed an Executive Order that streamlines the deployment of rural broadband on federal lands. The full text of the Executive Order can be found here.

The Executive Order reduces the bureaucratic red tape private companies encounter while building out the infrastructure to deploy broadband services on federal lands. This Executive Order directs the General Services Administration to develop a common form and master contract for wireless facility locations on buildings and other property owned by the federal government within 180 days.

Additionally, all federal property managing agencies shall provide a quarterly report to the GSA on the number of applications, approvals and rejections based on the newly developed common form application.

The Executive Order does not provide any funding for the deployment of broadband to rural areas but expedites the approval process for companies that want to deploy broadband infrastructure in rural areas near or on federal lands.