S.1858: RBI Act of 2013

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Sponsor Mark Begich, D-Alaska
Total Cosponsors 0
Introduced Dec. 18, 2013
Latest Major Action Dec. 18, 2013
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Bill Summary

Rural Broadband Investment Act of 2013 or the RBI Act of 2013 - Suspends regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that resulted in a revised method of determining levels of support for rural telephone carriers under the Universal Service Fund by allowing study area unseparated loop cost to be limited annually pursuant to a schedule announced by the Wireline Competition Bureau. (Thus, eliminates a distribution analysis method provided for in the FCC's Transformation Order known as the Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking of the Federal Communications Commission adopted on October 27, 2011.)

Requires the FCC to initiate a rulemaking to adopt a revised proposal for rural support that does not deprive a rural rate-of-return carrier (a rural telephone company that is an incumbent local exchange carrier not subject to price cap regulation) of the opportunity to recover reasonable investments and operating expenses incurred prior to the pro...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 18, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.