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President Trump Remains Committed to Moving Broadband Through Infrastructure Bill

Andrew Feinberg

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WASHINGTON, August 1, 2017 — President Donald Trump is committed to moving an infrastructure bill this year despite making little legislative progress towards on other policy goals, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday.

“The President has been very outspoken on the need for a massive overhaul to the country’s infrastructure system,” Sanders said during Monday’s White House press briefing. “That’s certainly still a priority both legislative and in any capacity that he has the ability to carry that out.”

Earlier this month Trump signed an executive order establishing a new American Infrastructure Council, which will bring together industry leaders in a number of areas, including broadband infrastructure, to formulate policy proposals for revitalizing the nation’s infrastructure.

Before the council, Trump had made little mention of broadband. The only exception was a speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa — see also statements by Agriculture Department Secretary Sonny Perdue — pledging to improve rural America’s internet access.

Trump’s reliance on executive orders to take action as Congress enters its annual August recess without handing the President a single legislative victory stands in stark contrast to President Barack Obama, who had passed significant infrastructure legislation, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, less than one month in office.

But Trump administration officials were lacking in details in discussing the former real estate developer’s plans for moving America’s infrastructure into the 21st century.

The only person in White House who has been identified as working on digital-related  infrastructure is National Economic Council staffer Grace Koh.

Koh, who previously served as counsel to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction over the Federal Communications Commission and Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, has worked on broadband issues as policy counsel to Cox Enterprises.

But when asked what sort of work the Trump Administration was doing to improve the nation’s access to broadband Internet, Koh declined to comment, and referred BroadbandBreakfast.com to White House spokesperson Natalie Strom.

When asked for details on the Trump Administration’s plans for broadband — either fiber or wireless — Strom replied that “we’re just not able to get into that level of detail yet,” promising updates in the future.

(Photo of President Trump speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee in February 2017 by Gage Skidmore used with permission.)

Andrew Feinberg is the White House Correspondent and Managing Editor for Breakfast Media. He rejoined BroadbandBreakfast.com in late 2016 after working as a staff writer at The Hill and as a freelance writer. He worked at BroadbandBreakfast.com from its founding in 2008 to 2010, first as a Reporter and then as Deputy Editor. He also covered the White House for Russia's Sputnik News from the beginning of the Trump Administration until he was let go for refusing to use White House press briefings to promote conspiracy theories, and later documented the experience in a story which set off a chain of events leading to Sputnik being forced to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Andrew's work has appeared in such publications as The Hill, Politico, Communications Daily, Washington Internet Daily, Washington Business Journal, The Sentinel Newspapers, FastCompany.TV, Mashable, and Silicon Angle.

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FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel Unveils Proposed Rules for Emergency Connectivity Fund

Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel on Friday released rules for the Emergency Connectivity Fund, answering many questions about the program.

Benjamin Kahn

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Photo of Jessica Rosenworcel from the FCC

WASHINGTON, August 1, 2017 — President Donald Trump is committed to moving an infrastructure bill this year despite making little legislative progress towards on other policy goals, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday.

“The President has been very outspoken on the need for a massive overhaul to the country’s infrastructure system,” Sanders said during Monday’s White House press briefing. “That’s certainly still a priority both legislative and in any capacity that he has the ability to carry that out.”

Earlier this month Trump signed an executive order establishing a new American Infrastructure Council, which will bring together industry leaders in a number of areas, including broadband infrastructure, to formulate policy proposals for revitalizing the nation’s infrastructure.

Before the council, Trump had made little mention of broadband. The only exception was a speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa — see also statements by Agriculture Department Secretary Sonny Perdue — pledging to improve rural America’s internet access.

Trump’s reliance on executive orders to take action as Congress enters its annual August recess without handing the President a single legislative victory stands in stark contrast to President Barack Obama, who had passed significant infrastructure legislation, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, less than one month in office.

But Trump administration officials were lacking in details in discussing the former real estate developer’s plans for moving America’s infrastructure into the 21st century.

The only person in White House who has been identified as working on digital-related  infrastructure is National Economic Council staffer Grace Koh.

Koh, who previously served as counsel to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction over the Federal Communications Commission and Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, has worked on broadband issues as policy counsel to Cox Enterprises.

But when asked what sort of work the Trump Administration was doing to improve the nation’s access to broadband Internet, Koh declined to comment, and referred BroadbandBreakfast.com to White House spokesperson Natalie Strom.

When asked for details on the Trump Administration’s plans for broadband — either fiber or wireless — Strom replied that “we’re just not able to get into that level of detail yet,” promising updates in the future.

(Photo of President Trump speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee in February 2017 by Gage Skidmore used with permission.)

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Rosenworcel Says Anti-Muni Network Legislation Unfair, Hopes States Change Their Tune

FCC acting chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said she hopes state legislatures change stance on muni builds.

Benjamin Kahn

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WASHINGTON, August 1, 2017 — President Donald Trump is committed to moving an infrastructure bill this year despite making little legislative progress towards on other policy goals, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday.

“The President has been very outspoken on the need for a massive overhaul to the country’s infrastructure system,” Sanders said during Monday’s White House press briefing. “That’s certainly still a priority both legislative and in any capacity that he has the ability to carry that out.”

Earlier this month Trump signed an executive order establishing a new American Infrastructure Council, which will bring together industry leaders in a number of areas, including broadband infrastructure, to formulate policy proposals for revitalizing the nation’s infrastructure.

Before the council, Trump had made little mention of broadband. The only exception was a speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa — see also statements by Agriculture Department Secretary Sonny Perdue — pledging to improve rural America’s internet access.

Trump’s reliance on executive orders to take action as Congress enters its annual August recess without handing the President a single legislative victory stands in stark contrast to President Barack Obama, who had passed significant infrastructure legislation, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, less than one month in office.

But Trump administration officials were lacking in details in discussing the former real estate developer’s plans for moving America’s infrastructure into the 21st century.

The only person in White House who has been identified as working on digital-related  infrastructure is National Economic Council staffer Grace Koh.

Koh, who previously served as counsel to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction over the Federal Communications Commission and Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, has worked on broadband issues as policy counsel to Cox Enterprises.

But when asked what sort of work the Trump Administration was doing to improve the nation’s access to broadband Internet, Koh declined to comment, and referred BroadbandBreakfast.com to White House spokesperson Natalie Strom.

When asked for details on the Trump Administration’s plans for broadband — either fiber or wireless — Strom replied that “we’re just not able to get into that level of detail yet,” promising updates in the future.

(Photo of President Trump speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee in February 2017 by Gage Skidmore used with permission.)

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FCC Fines Company $4.1 Million for Slamming and Cramming Consumer Phone Lines

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday fined Tele Circuit Network Corporation for switching consumers’ service providers.

Benjamin Kahn

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Photo of Geoffrey Starks by Amelia Holowaty Krales of the Verge

WASHINGTON, August 1, 2017 — President Donald Trump is committed to moving an infrastructure bill this year despite making little legislative progress towards on other policy goals, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday.

“The President has been very outspoken on the need for a massive overhaul to the country’s infrastructure system,” Sanders said during Monday’s White House press briefing. “That’s certainly still a priority both legislative and in any capacity that he has the ability to carry that out.”

Earlier this month Trump signed an executive order establishing a new American Infrastructure Council, which will bring together industry leaders in a number of areas, including broadband infrastructure, to formulate policy proposals for revitalizing the nation’s infrastructure.

Before the council, Trump had made little mention of broadband. The only exception was a speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa — see also statements by Agriculture Department Secretary Sonny Perdue — pledging to improve rural America’s internet access.

Trump’s reliance on executive orders to take action as Congress enters its annual August recess without handing the President a single legislative victory stands in stark contrast to President Barack Obama, who had passed significant infrastructure legislation, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, less than one month in office.

But Trump administration officials were lacking in details in discussing the former real estate developer’s plans for moving America’s infrastructure into the 21st century.

The only person in White House who has been identified as working on digital-related  infrastructure is National Economic Council staffer Grace Koh.

Koh, who previously served as counsel to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction over the Federal Communications Commission and Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, has worked on broadband issues as policy counsel to Cox Enterprises.

But when asked what sort of work the Trump Administration was doing to improve the nation’s access to broadband Internet, Koh declined to comment, and referred BroadbandBreakfast.com to White House spokesperson Natalie Strom.

When asked for details on the Trump Administration’s plans for broadband — either fiber or wireless — Strom replied that “we’re just not able to get into that level of detail yet,” promising updates in the future.

(Photo of President Trump speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee in February 2017 by Gage Skidmore used with permission.)

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