Broadband Breakfast on October 19, 2022 – Taxing Broadband Grants: Can it be Changed?

Does the ‘Broadband Grant Tax Treatment Act’ stand a chance?

Broadband Breakfast on October 19, 2022 – Taxing Broadband Grants: Can it be Changed?
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Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 12 Noon ET – Taxing Broadband Grants: Can it be Changed?

On September 29, Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., introduced the “Broadband Grant Tax Treatment Act,” which would shield federal broadband money from being taxed. The Senators argue that if the investments were taxed, they might be forced to return as much as 20 percent of those grants in the form of taxes. That, they say, would be counterproductive to the cause of deploying Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act grants. But with the mid-term elections looming, and with time running out on the 117th Congress, is there time to make a change in the tax code just for broadband?


  • Leif Oveson, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association
  • Jill Kuehny, CEO of KanOkla Networks
  • Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast

Panelist resources:

Leif Oveson currently serves as Vice President of Legislative Affairs. He oversees NTCA’s Government Affairs Department, which leads legislative analysis, advocacy outreach, and political engagement with congressional offices. Prior to joining NTCA in 2009, Leif worked in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives. He served for three years as a Research Assistant for Senator Tim Johnson and four years as the Senior Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.

Jill Kuehny is the CEO of KanOkla Networks, a member-owned cooperative serving south central Kansas and north central Oklahoma with fiber-to-the-farm technology as well as an adjoining regional fixed wireless footprint.  A native to the area, Jill has been with KanOkla for 30 years and enjoys promoting the revitalization rural areas are experiencing due to broadband connectivity.

Drew Clark (moderator) is CEO of Breakfast Media LLC, the Editor and Publisher of and a nationally-respected telecommunications attorney. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, he served as head of the State Broadband Initiative in Illinois. Now, in light of the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, attorney Clark helps fiber-based and wireless clients secure funding, identify markets, broker infrastructure and operate in the public right of way.

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