Senate Approves Farm Bill

The Senate voted on December 11, 2018, to approve the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill, among other things, provides $50 million annually for the Community Connect Grant Program, $10 million annually for middle-mile infrastructure grants and loans, and $10 million annually for the Innovative Broadband Advancement Program (formally the Rural Gigabit Network Pilot Program) for years 2019 through 2023. The bill also changes the definition of minimum acceptable speed for rural areas to 25/3 Mbps, up from 4/1 Mbps.