All Information (Except Text) for S.3820 - Broadband for Rural America Act of 2006109th Congress (2005-2006)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 08/03/2006)|
|Committees:||Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 08/03/2006 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (All Actions)|
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Actions Overview (1)
|08/03/2006||Introduced in Senate|
08/03/2006 Introduced in Senate
All Actions (2)
|08/03/2006||Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (text of measure as introduced: CR S8836-8839)|
Action By: Senate
|08/03/2006||Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S8833-8836)|
Action By: Senate
08/03/2006 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (text of measure as introduced: CR S8836-8839)
08/03/2006 Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S8833-8836)
|Committee / Subcommittee||Date||Activity||Reports|
|Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation||08/03/2006||Referred to|
Subject — Policy Area:
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- Administrative procedure
- Congressional reporting requirements
- Department of Agriculture
- Executive reorganization
- Federal Communications Commission
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Federally-guaranteed loans
- Government lending
- Government trust funds
- Independent regulatory commissions
- Public-private partnerships
- Radio spectrum allocation
- Rural economic development
- Wireless communication
Latest Summary (1)
Introduced in Senate (08/03/2006)
Broadband for Rural America Act of 2006 - Establishes the Broadband Access Trust Fund. Establishes, in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Office of Broadband Access to coordinate the use of all Fund resources as those resources relate to the expansion of broadband technology into rural or unserved areas. Deposits into the Fund appropriations and one percent of the proceeds of frequency band auctions.
Amends provisions of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 relating to making or guaranteeing loans for broadband facilities and equipment in eligible rural communities to: (1) to extend the period for making or guaranteeing such loans; (2) modify the definition of "eligible rural community;" (3) remove provisions giving priority to communities in which residential broadband service is not available; and (4) modify loan eligibility criteria. Authorizes grants to provide broadband services.
Requires the FCC to issue a final order in the matter of Unlicensed Operation in TV Broadcast Bands. Sets forth requirements for the order, including that it allow certified unlicensed devices to use certain non-licensed television broadcast channels in rural areas.
Requires the FCC to initiate a proceeding to reconfigure its band plans: (1) for the upper 700 MHz band and the unauctioned portions of the lower 700 MHz band to designate up to 12 MHz of paired recovered analog spectrum; and (2) to include spectrum to be licensed for small geographic license areas.
Establishes the Rural Broadband Access Task Force to study broadband deployment.