CenturyLink & Frontier Failed to Meet FCC Broadband Requirements






Woman on laptop looking disappointedCenturyLink and Frontier each received federal funding to expand their broadband networks in rural areas, but have reportedly failed to meet the requirements for that funding.

ARS Technica reported that CenturyLink notified the Federal Communications Commission that it “may not have reached the deployment milestone” in 23 states, meeting the requirement in only 10. Frontier also notified the FCC that it “may not have met” the requirements in 13 states, meeting the requirement in just 16.

The FCC Connect America Fund was designed to bring broadband to the entire country to improve education, health care, and person-to-person communication. Funding came from the Universal Service Fund which is paid for by telecommunications company fees.

According to the guidelines set for the Connect America Fund, funding recipients needed to reach 80% of funded locations by December 31, 2019 and need to reach 100% of funded locations by the end of 2020. Both CenturyLink and Frontier failed to meet the first of those two milestones.

In their letter, Frontier noted that they were given a waiver for some areas, due to “unforeseeable hurdles with tribal permitting and rights of way.” The letter also says that the company reached 70% of their locations. CenturyLink gave few details about their progress or reasons for not reaching end of the year goals.

CenturyLink and Frontier will have to report their final numbers to the FCC by March 1, 2020.

Did you know we now have a FREE app for iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire? Click HERE to download our app.

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news, tips, and reviews. Need cord cutting tech support? Join our Cord Cutting Tech Support Facebook Group for help.

Disclaimer: To address the growing use of ad blockers we now use affiliate links to sites like http://Amazon.com, streaming services, and others. Affiliate links help sites like Cord Cutters News, stay open. Affiliate links cost you nothing but help me support my family. We do not allow paid reviews on this site. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from :

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp’s privacy practices here.