By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 11-9-21

The House last week passed the Eliminating Barriers to Rural Internet Development Grant Eligibility (E-BRIDGE) Act, which makes it easier for the Economic Development Administration (which is under the Department of Commerce) to hand out money to help close the rural digital divide.

The bill was bipartisan and came out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Specifically, it amends the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 to remove barriers to broadband projects undertaken with EDA grants, including difficult last-mile projects, and ensures that the private sector and local communities can team up for broadband projects, including giving those communities more flexibility in meeting funding match requirements.  » Read More