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SA 3735. Mrs. CLINTON (for herself and Mr. Brown) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 3500 proposed by Mr. Harkin (for himself, Mr. Chambliss, Mr. Baucus, and Mr. Grassley) to the bill H.R. 2419, to provide for the continuation of agricultural programs through fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

On page 863, strike line 24 and insert the following:
``(j) Comprehensive Rural Broadband Strategy.--
``(1) IN GENERAL.--Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the Food and Energy Security Act of 2007, and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate a report describing a comprehensive rural broadband strategy that includes--
``(A) recommendations--
``(i) to promote interagency coordination of Federal agencies in regards to policies, procedures, and targeted resources, and to improve and streamline the polices, programs, and services;
``(ii) to coordinate among Federal agencies regarding existing rural broadband or rural initiatives that could be of value to rural broadband development;
``(iii) to address both short- and long-term solutions and needs assessments for a rapid build-out of rural broadband solutions and applications for Federal, State, regional, and local government policy makers;
``(iv) to identify how specific Federal agency programs and resources can best respond to rural broadband requirements and overcome obstacles that currently impede rural broadband deployment; and
``(v) to promote successful model deployments and appropriate technologies being used in rural areas so that State, regional, and local governments can benefit from the cataloging and successes of other State, regional, and local governments; and
``(B) a description of goals and timeframes to achieve the strategic plans and visions identified in the report.
``(2) UPDATES.--The Under Secretary shall update and evaluate the report described in paragraph (1) on an annual basis.
``(k) Funding.--

(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Nov 15, 2007.)