The FCC Approves $89.2 Million For Rural Broadband in 21 States





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Women Using LaptopToday the FCC announced it is spending $89.2 million to bring broadband to rural Americans in 21 states. The goal is that this money will help expand broadband to 123,000 unserved rural homes and business.

“Across the nation, we’re continuing to close the digital divide so that all Americans—no matter where they live—have access to affordable broadband connectivity and the digital opportunity it brings,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.  “And as this eighth round of funding demonstrates, the Connect America Fund Phase II Auction is doing so in a cost-effective way:  Because providers competed for Connect America Fund Auction support, finite universal service dollars reached many more homes and businesses at a much lower cost.”

This is part of the FCC’s plan to spend $1.488 billion with the goal of bringing high-speed internet to 700,000 homes over the next 10 years. Funding for this initiative comes from the Universal Service Fund. This fund was made to promote access to phone services in underserved areas and is now being used to bring Internet access to those same areas.

Here is how the FCC breaks out how the money will be spent:

State Company              Minimum Speed Support/10 Years Locations
Alabama Viasat 25/3 Mbps $3,692,935 9,075
Arizona Viasat 25/3 Mbps $129,559 354
California Viasat 25/3 Mbps $13,918,362 18,795
Colorado Viasat 25/3 Mbps $7,231,181 6,517
Florida Viasat 25/3 Mbps $5,032,841 9,859
Georgia Viasat 25/3 Mbps $6,264,362 13,815
Idaho Viasat 25/3 Mbps $4,402,040 3,607
Illinois LTD Broadband 25/3 Mbps $19,462 145
Iowa LTD Broadband 25/3 Mbps $69,516 33
Kentucky Viasat 25/3 Mbps $1,673,145 4,169
Louisiana Viasat 25/3 Mbps $2,873,230 4,427
Maine Viasat 25/3 Mbps $4,713,986 4,098
Minnesota LTD Broadband 25/3 Mbps $1,104,441 840
Montana Viasat 25/3 Mbps $5,180,536 5,342
New Mexico Viasat 25/3 Mbps $3,132,667 3,268
South Carolina Horry Telephone Cooperative 25/3 Mbps $233,490 80
Utah Viasat 25/3 Mbps $3,119,687 2,995
Washington Viasat 25/3 Mbps $7,031,864 10,982
West Virginia Viasat 25/3 Mbps $5,432,056 7,057
Wisconsin Bruce Telephone Company 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $177,933 34
Wisconsin 25/3 Mbps $486,424 175
Wisconsin Viasat 25/3 Mbps $3,963,228 7,565
Wyoming Viasat 25/3 Mbps $9,301,915 9,805
Total $89,184,858 123,037

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