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House Restores Funding to Broadband Loan Program

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WASHINGTON June 17, 2011 – In a 221-198 vote, the House voted on Thursday to approve an amendment to the Agriculture appropriations act, would will reinstate funding for the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to continue the Broadband Loan Program.

The amendment will provide $6 million to the RUS to provide loans.

“With current regulatory uncertainty, private funding sources have become scarce, so having the support through the RUS Broadband Loan Program is imperative for the continued expansion of broadband throughout rural America,” stated NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield.


Rahul Gaitonde has been writing for since the fall of 2009, and in May of 2010 he became Deputy Editor. He was a fellow at George Mason University’s Long Term Governance Project, a researcher at the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology and worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University, where his research focused on the economic and social benefits of broadband expansion. He has written extensively about Universal Service Fund reform, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the Broadband Data Improvement Act

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