FCC offering $67 million to expand rural broadband2019-02-26 17:41 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, broadband
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will offer $67 million to stimulate development of rural broadband. A total of 207 rural carriers will be able to benefit from the program. The offer is available through the Connect America Fund rural broadband subsidy plan.
Carriers accepting it will be required to deploy broadband service at speeds of 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream to specified locations in their local service territory.
The carriers have 30 days to decide whether to accept the offers, according to an FCC official. In case that all the carriers want to participate, the 25/3 Mbps broadband service would be made available to 110,000 additional locations that currently cannot get service at those speeds.
Closing the digital divide is the FCC's top priority. The Connect America Fund is key to this effort, providing funding in sparsely populated rural areas where the cost of providing and deploying service can be high.
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