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H.R. 1610: Rural Broadband Window of Opportunity Act


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 8, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1610

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 8, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To direct the Federal Communications Commission to prioritize the timely processing of certain long-form applications in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Rural Broadband Window of Opportunity Act.

2.

Purpose

The purpose of this Act is to level the playing field for service providers participating in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund that are disadvantaged by short construction seasons.

3.

Application Processing Prioritization

With respect to the long-form applicants of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction provided for in the Report and Order in the matter of Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and Connect America Fund adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (in this section referred to as the Commission) on December 7, 2020 (FCC 20–5), the Commission shall prioritize the timely processing of long-form applications and any subsequent paperwork (in this section referred to as the applications) submitted by the long-form applicants as follows: The Commission shall prioritize the timely processing of applications which are proposing to provide service in geographic areas which the Commission determines to have the shortest construction seasons (such as in areas characterized by long winters with heavy snowfall).