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Introduced in Senate (11/19/1999)

21st Century Rural Utility Service Rural Development Enhancement Through Local Information Act - Amends the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 to authorize the Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service to make loan guarantees (through a specified date) to providers of multichannel video services, including direct broadcast satellite licensees, to improve access to local television broadcasting to all households desiring such service in unserved and underserved rural areas.

Requires loan guarantee approval by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Sets forth satellite carrier loan guarantee qualifications.

Authorizes appropriations.

Sets forth conditions under which a borrower shall be obliged to carry local broadcast signals without charge.