H.R.2953 - Rural Broadband Access Enhancement Act110th Congress (2007-2008)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Space, Zachary T. [D-OH-18] (Introduced 07/10/2007)|
|Committees:||House - Agriculture; Energy and Commerce|
|Latest Action:||04/25/2008 Executive Comment Requested from USDA. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.2953 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (07/10/2007)
Rural Broadband Access Enhancement Act - Amends the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 to redefine "eligible rural community."
Permits a loan or loan guarantee applicant in an area where 40% of the residents are without broadband access to qualify with a 10% loan equity position.
Provides for: (1) paperwork reduction; and (2) program outreach to underserved areas.
Prohibits loan or loan guarantees for new broadband service in communities with three or more service providers.
Provides that for each fiscal year: (1) not more than 10% of program funds shall be available to providers with more than 10% of national subscriber lines; and (2) 40% of program funds shall be available to providers with between 2%-10% of national subscriber lines.
Revises the amortization period from the life of the asset to 35 years.
Requires an annual broadband program report to Congress.