Last week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-Missouri) introduced the Eliminating Barriers to Rural Internet Development Grant Eligibility (E-BRIDGE) Act, which removes hurdles for broadband projects under Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants, including last-mile efforts that often delay rural broadband deployment.  It also ensures that local communities can partner with the private sector in carrying out broadband projects and gives communities more flexibility in complying with their funding match requirements.