The FCC approves new funding for rural broadband expansion2019-08-13 17:25 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, broadband
The FCC has recently approved $121 million in funding to boost the rollout of rural broadband connectivity. This funding should bring serviceable internet speeds to roughly 36,579 homes and business across 16 US states. The providers will begin receiving funding later this month.
"As we continue to authorize funds to expand broadband in rural America, I am excited to see the benefits for rural residents who live all across the country, from Tribal lands in Wyoming to mountain communities in Appalachia, from the Great Plains to the Pacific Northwest, and from the Texas Panhandle to northern Minnesota," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. "In Minnesota, this round of funding takes yet another step toward closing the digital divide, providing access to digital opportunity to nearly 8,100 unserved rural homes and businesses."
The FCC says it has already authorized over $924 million in funding for broadband connectivity. In total, the organization plans to approve $1.488 billion, which could connect a dizzying 700,000 unserved or underserved rural homes and small businesses.
Engadget reports that the FCC "separately greenlit" an additional $16 million for the purpose of bringing high-speed internet to about 8,000 rural New York-based businesses and homes.
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