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White House Infrastructure Plan — Perspectives for the P3 Market

On February 12, 2018, the Trump administration released its long-awaited infrastructure plan, titled “A Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America” (the Plan). In 50-plus pages, the Plan sets forth a...more

FY 2019 Administration Budget Request

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump on February 12, 2018, submitted his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The President's full budget calls for approximately $4.4 trillion in total spending. Much of the budget seeks...more

Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On February 12, 2018, the White House unveiled its 55-page proposal for infrastructure investment, the Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure. The sweeping proposal seeks to inject funding into several key areas...more

Rural Prosperity Task Force Presents Findings To President Trump

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On January 8, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue presented to President Donald Trump the findings of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. The Task Force was established in 2017...more

Executive Actions to Spur Rural Broadband

On Jan. 8, President Trump issued an Executive Order to all executive agencies to use all “viable tools” to accelerate the deployment of broadband internet access service in rural America. The president also signed a...more

FCC to Consider CAFII Auction Public Notice, CAFII Auction Slated to Begin July 24

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On January 9, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has released a fact sheet and draft Connect America Fund Phase II (CAFII) Auction Public Notice (Draft PN) – an item the Commission will consider at its...more

Rural Development Council Works to Keep Georgia On Your Mind

When singers croon about the old yellow moonlight spilling through the pines of the Georgia woods, the “Georgia rain on the Jasper County clay” and taking the “midnight train to Georgia,” they evoke nostalgia for the state’s...more

Ohio legislature considers expansion of broadband service for underserved areas

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Internet access has become a vital part of our everyday way of life. The ability to access the internet is critical for job searching, conducting government business, shopping, accessing important medical and financial...more

The Government's New Directive to the OIO

by DLA Piper on

New directive letter - The Associate Finance Minister and the Minister for Land have issued a new directive letter under the Overseas Investment Act 2005 (OIA), directing the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) as to the...more

Senate Banking Committee schedules Dec. 5 markup of regulatory reform bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, members of the Senate Banking Committee announced that they had reached bipartisan agreement on “legislative proposals to improve our nation’s financial regulatory framework and promote economic growth.” ...more

K&L Gates Triage: Using Drones in Medicine

by K&L Gates LLP on

Unmanned aircraft, commonly known as “drones,” are gaining traction as a tool used by many industries today, including health care. Researchers are currently studying potential applications for drones in delivering medical...more

Copper Retirement in Rural Communities

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The original backbone of this nation’s telephone – twisted copper wire pairs – is being retired. This process will significantly impact communities throughout the country, particularly rural governments, consumers and small...more

Alabama CON Report

I. SHPDA Administrative Report - A. Contested Cases For the following projects no vote was required because the recommended order of the Administrative Law Judge becomes the final order of the Agency when no...more

Electric Cooperative Receives Favorable Interpretation of Excess Revenue Statute and Class Action Dismissal

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A federal court's interpretation of an excess revenue statute could bring an end to many capital credit lawsuits brought by current and former members of rural electric cooperatives challenging the distribution of patronage...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017

House Commerce Considers Independent Contractors, Again - Vermont's business community continues to plead with lawmakers to update the statute defining independent contractors, arguing that current law is costly and...more

Rural Electric Cooperatives Receive Dismissals in Class Action Capital Credit Litigation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Two recent dismissal orders – filed within days of each other – signal positive news to rural electric cooperatives defending actions brought by former or current members regarding the distribution of patronage capital and...more

Commission Adopts Long-Awaited Mobility Fund Phase II

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On February 23, 2017, during the second open meeting under Chairman Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) unanimously approved an order launching the long-awaited second phase of the Mobility...more

FCC Announces Details for Mobility Fund Phase II

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The FCC adopted an order today that establishes Phase II of the Mobility Fund. As we have previously reported, the FCC established the Mobility Fund to provide universal service subsidies to help expand and preserve 4G LTE...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Governor’s $35 Million Housing Bond Discussed in Ways and Means Committee - Executive Director Gus Selig of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board revealed some of the details this week behind the $35 million bond...more

Pai FCC’s First Commission-Level Vote Targets Rural Broadband Access

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On January 26, 2017, in its first action under the leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) voted to allow the State Of NY to award up to $170 million in Connect America...more

New Year, New Possibilities: OIG Final Rule Amends Beneficiary Inducement Rules

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final rule (“Final Rule”) adding new safe harbors to the federal anti-kickback statute, amending existing safe harbors, and...more

HHS OIG Revises Various Safe Harbors Related to Beneficiary Inducements

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Dec. 7, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final rule revising federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) safe harbors and the beneficiary inducement...more

OIG Recognizes New Local Transportation Safe Harbor and Exceptions to CMP in Updated Fraud and Abuse Regulations

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On December 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a long-awaited final rule (Final Rule) that expands the safe harbor regulations under the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS)...more

First Stand-Alone Telemedicine Legislation Close to Becoming Law

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act (S.2873) was sent to the President for approval on December 8, 2016. The ECHO Act was passed by the House on December 6, 2016, and prior to that, by the Senate on November...more

President Signs “Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act” into Law

by Reed Smith on

President Obama has signed into law S. 2873, the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act (ECHO Act), which is intended to use “distance health education” to improve health care, particularly in medically-underserved areas....more

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