BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: There is an important linkage between the growing discussion about public-private partnerships in broadband, and the call for greater infrastructure investment by the Trump administration. The four key principles discussed by Trump are (1) targeted federal investments, encourage self-help by local government, re-align agencies providing infrastructure investment, and (4) leveraging the private sector.||
Trump slips infrastructure plan into budget. Tuesday’s rollout was a muted affair after months of buildup as a bipartisan game-changer, from Politico:
The Trump administration finally laid out its long-promised vision for a $1 trillion national infrastructure plan Tuesday — with nary a peep of fanfare and the president not even in the country to talk it up. It arrived as a six-page fact sheet1 packaged with President Donald Trump’s $4.1 trillion proposed 2018 budget2. As expected, it laid out a vision for $200 billion in direct federal spending over the next decade on needs such as roads, bridges, tunnels, railroads and expanded broadband, along with incentives for states, cities and private investors and efforts to reduce the burdens of regulations.
“The administration’s goal is to seek long-term reform on how infrastructure projects are regulated, funded, delivered and maintained,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told reporters Tuesday.
She said the administration expects “to have more details forthcoming,” including a legislative package later this year, but described the concepts handed out Tuesday as “the main key principles.”
BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s take on this may seem inconsistent, but from his perspective, anything that preserves FCC authority will help him preserve his (pending) rule to overturn the reclassification of broadband as a Title II service. Now the contest continues on only two front – the FCC and Congress ||
D.C. Court Denies Open Internet Decision Re-hearing, from Multichannel News:
The U.S. Court of Appeals has denied a full-court rehearing of the decision upholding the FCC’s Title II reclassification of Internet access service1, a reclassification new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is planning to reverse anyway. ISPs and others had asked the full court to reverse the three-judge panel decision that the FCC had reasonably defended its decision to reclassify ISPs as common carriers. The three judges that had made that decision were Judges David Tatel (who was on the panel that rejected the previous net-neutrality rules), Sri Srinivasan, and Senior Judge Stephen Williams.
The court cited the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking-approved last week-in denying the en banc review, which courts rarely grant anyway. more… Source: D.C. Court Denies Open Internet Decision Re-hearing | Multichannel2
- ^ upholding the FCC’s Title II reclassification of Internet access service (www.multichannel.com)
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