Senator’s Amendments Sail Through Commerce Committee

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) successfully included two amendments to the Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless Act (S. 2555) at today’s Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation markup. Heller’s amendments focus on improving broadband access throughout the state of Nevada, particularly in rural areas, by ensuring broadband infrastructure can be expanded in a timely manner. Click HERE or on the video below to watch Senator Heller speak on his amendments at the markup. 


Heller Amendment to Impose a 270-day Shot Clock on Application Decisions

  • Background: One of the greatest inhibitors to broadband infrastructure expansion is the time it takes for federal agencies, particularly those that manage federal lands, to act on applications for easements or rights-of-way for constructing or modifying broadband infrastructure on federal property. This amendment implements a 270-day shot clock for agencies to respond to applications for these specific easements or rights-of-way.


Heller Amendment to Streamline Broadband Facility Location Applications on Federal Lands

  • Background: This amendment requires the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) to develop recommendations, in coordination with federal agencies that manage federal lands, to streamline the broadband facility location application process. NTIA must also follow up with these agencies regarding what actions have been taken in relation to these recommendations.


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