FCC awards $800m for rural broadband development2022-09-01 19:47 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, rural broadband
The Federal Communications Commission has authorized almost $800 million dollars more in rural subsidies from its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) to six broadband providers reaching some 350,000 locations in 19 states, with the most money going to Illinois ($212 million), Arizona ($140 million) and Iowa ($113 million), the regulator said.
The green light comes after the regulator denied over $2.1 billion worth of RDOF funding for fixed wireless provider LTD Broadband and satellite provider Starlink earlier this month. The major winners are fixed wireless operators Starry and Nextlink.
Nextlink scored approval for all $429.1 million worth of its winning bids. That money is set to help it connect more than 200,000 locations across 11 states, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming. It originally also won just over $75,500 to serve 265 locations in New Mexico, but withdrew from that commitment last year. Its remaining obligations will be met with a combination of fiber and fixed wireless technology.
5G fixed wireless provider Starry will receive around $269 million. Other winning RDOF bidders that have now received approvals include GigaBeam Networks, Anthem Broadband, and GeoLinks.
"This funding will connect more households throughout the country with high-speed broadband as part of our ongoing work to close the digital divide," said Chairwoman Rosenworcel.
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