House Communications Subcommittee Skeds Broadband Stimulus Hearing
Wants to know whether taxpayers are getting their money's worth
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/20/2013 5:41:46 PM
President Obama's stimulus bill included over $7 billion in grants and loans for broadband deployment and education, overseen by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Agriculture Department's Rural Utilities Service.
The hearing, titled "Is the Broadband Stimulus Working?", will try to answer that question. "More than four years have passed since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocated $7 billion for broadband grants and loans," said the committee press office. "This hearing will review whether taxpayers are getting a good return on their investment, examine recent allegations of waste, and discuss measures that might be taken to avoid certain pitfalls in the future."
Walden signaled to reporters in a January briefing that the committee would continue to look at broadband subsidies. Republicans are particularly concerned about waste, fraud, abuse and overbuilding of existing service.
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