FCC authorises over $61.8 million in funding for rural broadband

Oct 10, 2019

Sixth Round of Funding from Connect America Fund Auction

Starts This Month and Includes 14 States

WASHINGTON, October 10, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today authorized over $61.8 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to nearly 22,000 unserved rural homes and businesses in 14 states, representing the sixth wave of support from last year’s successful Connect America Fund Phase II auction.  Broadband providers will begin receiving funding later this month.

“In states from the Pacific Coast to New England, we’re taking another step toward closing the digital divide,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.  “This sixth round of funding continues to build on our efforts to provide rural Americans with the economic, educational, civic, and healthcare opportunities that high-speed Internet access makes possible.”

In total, the auction last year allocated $1.488 billion in support over the next ten years to expand broadband to more than 700,000 unserved rural homes and small businesses nationwide.  The FCC has now authorized six waves of funding, and today’s action brings total authorized funding to nearly $1.2 billion, which will expand connectivity to 409,661 homes and businesses nationwide.  Additional rounds will be authorized in the coming months.

 Funding applications approved by the Commission today include the following: 

  • Sunset Digital Communications is receiving nearly $29.6 million over 10 years to offer service to nearly 9,100 rural homes and businesses in Virginia and Tennessee at gigabit speeds.

  • Three companies – Inventive Wireless, Tri County Telephone, and Union Telephone – are receiving nearly $12.2 million over 10 years to offer service to 4,752 homes and businesses in Wyoming.

  • LocalTel Communications is receiving over $6.8 million to offer service to 1,910 homes and businesses in central Washington state.

  • Gallatin Wireless Internet is receiving over $4 million to offer service to 1,256 homes and businesses in Montana.

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