Dem amendment cuts broadband funding in spending bill

Matheson, an Energy and Commerce Committee member, is an advocate for spreading rural broadband. He wrote to the Federal Communications Commission last year to express concerns that broadband speed goals for the countryside are lower than for cities.

Federal funding for broadband deployment has come under strong scrutiny this year amid concerns that grants go to areas that already have adequate broadband infrastructure.

House Republicans held their first telecom meeting on stimulus spending devoted to broadband and are preparing a bill to increase accountability in such programs. 

The Community Connect predates the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; it did not receive stimulus dollars.