House Communications Subcommittee Schedules May 16 Broadband Hearing

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The House Subcommittee on Communications & Technology has scheduled a hearing May 16 on "broadband loans and grants."

Republican House leaders have expressed concerns about how the BTOP loans and grants created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are being spent, including to what degree they are being used to subsidize competition to existing service, and how the spending is being monitored by the government for waste fraud and abuse. Those are the same issues that have concerned cable operators facing potential overbuilding with government dollars.

No word on witnesses yet, but the programs are administered by the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Program.

"This hearing will continue the subcommittee's ongoing oversight of how taxpayer dollars are being spent on broadband loans and grants created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and other subsidy programs." said the office of Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

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