IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 10, 2021
Ms. Cortez Masto (for herself, Mr. Romney, Mr. Manchin, and Mr. Boozman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To amend the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 to allow counties to use certain funds to provide or expand access to broadband telecommunications services and other technologies.
This Act may be cited as the
Connected Rural Schools Act.
Access to broadband and other technology
Section 302(a) of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 7142(a)) is amended—
in paragraph (3), by striking
and at the end;
in paragraph (4), by striking the period at the end and inserting
; and; and
by adding at the end the following:
to provide or expand access to—
broadband telecommunications services at local schools; or
the technology and connectivity necessary for students to use a digital learning tool at or outside of a local school campus.