|The Eliminating Barriers to Rural Internet Development Grant Eligibility (E-BRIDGE) Act
The Eliminating Barriers to Rural Internet Development Grant Eligibility (E-BRIDGE) Act (H.R. 6491) removes hurdles for broadband projects under Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants (including difficult last-mile efforts that often delay rural broadband deployment), ensures that local communities can partner with the private sector in carrying out broadband projects, and gives communities more flexibility in complying with their funding match requirements. The bill was introduced by Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) and Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Ranking Member John Katko (R-NY).
Press Release on Bill Introduction
Graves Op-Ed in The Hill: Bridging the Digital Divide for Rural Communities More Critical Than Ever