Last week, Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) introduced legislation to immediately fund broadband deployment in unserved and rural areas. The Developing Economic Prosperity and Linking Our Youth through (DEPLOY) Broadband Act would appropriate $6.5 billion to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for broadband build-out in unserved areas. It also permanently establishes a minimum 10 percent rural dividend for future spectrum auctions and ensures that funding cannot be combined with any other funds at the FCC. To date, it is uncertain whether this bill (or it provisions) will move forward in the remaining months of the 116th Congress.