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Rural Infrastructure President Trump’s newly announced infrastructure plan gives some priority to rural areas by making them an early beneficiary of the funding match. A boost to rural broadband service is mentioned as a priority. Skeptics argue that the proposed federal portion cannot attract the 7.5:1 ratio of state/local/private funding for each federal dollar offered, although that is in line with other federal work share projects. The White House also plans the concurrent first guideline revisions in four years to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) with the goal of creating a single agency environmental signoff for projects within two years of being proposed. Current NEPA assessments take three to five years and can dr...

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