Connect America Fund To Expand Broadband to Nearly 1 M Rural Americans

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December 5, 2013
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FCC’s CONNECT AMERICA FUND TO EXPAND BROADBAND TO NEARLY 400,000 RURAL

HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN 41 STATES

Washington, D.C

. – Over $255 million in funding to provide new broadband access to over 400,000
homes and businesses in rural areas of 41 states has been authorized from the Federal Communications 
Commission’s Connect America Fund, connecting nearly 1 million people who lack service.
The Connect America Fund is part of the FCC’s initiative to bring broadband access to rural 
communities. The $255,723,850 authorized today represents a jump-start to bring broadband to these 
areas. It brings the total authorized from the first phase of the Connect America Fund to nearly $403 
million.
“Access to modern broadband networks is essential in the information age,” said FCC Chairman Tom 
Wheeler. “Yet 15 million Americans live in areas where they can’t get wireline broadband no matter how 
much they want it. These funds will jump-start broadband access in areas that would otherwise be 
bypassed by the digital economy.”
Five carriers will use the funds in rural portions of their service areas where, absent support from the 
Connect America Fund, broadband expansion was unlikely. The carriers are AT&T, CenturyLink, 
Fairpoint Communications, Frontier Communications, and Windstream Corp.
The authorizations are as follows:
State
Total Locations
Total Funding
AL
37,591
$27,723,400 
AR
19,668
$11,980,425 
AZ
18,531
$11,637,000 
CA
740
$442,100 
CO
8,271
$4,731,300 
FL
8,641
$5,623,525 
GA
28,575
$16,854,525 
IA
5,967
$3,443,175 
ID
1,461
$841,575 
IL
2,571
$1,600,350 
IN
6,082
$3,670,000 
KS
346
$214,825 
KY
6,994
$4,668,175 
LA
11,072
$8,087,150 
 ME
1,420
$861,550 
MI
3,746
$2,169,875 
MN
5,614
$3,391,900 
MO
12,641
$8,033,450 
MS
21,486
$16,170,825 
MT
1551
$1,075,575 
NC
13,028
$8,310,425 
NE
531
$346,725 
NH
1,254
$725,700 
NJ
11
$6,050 
NM
8,227
$4,906,900 
NV
902
$502,850 
NY
15,733
$8,960,500 
OH
7,175
$4,393,775 
OK
3,889
$2,490,625 
OR
5,134
$3,007,975 
PA
4,714
$2,673,250 
SC
10,401
$7,639,125 
SD
40
$22,000 
TN
34,485
$26,243,700 
TX
25,143
$16,107,225 
UT
360
$207,900 
VA
4,715
$2,765,600 
WA
4,165
$2,529,250 
WI
14,143
$8,295,925 
WV
36,339
$22,333,425 
WY
52
$34,225 
Grand Total
393,409
$255,723,850 


In August, the five carriers identified 563,767 locations where they wanted to use Connect America funds 
to reach customers unserved by broadband. The eligibility of some of those locations was challenged. 
Today’s action authorizes funding for 393,409 locations that were not subject to a challenge.
-FCC-

Source

Source: FCC.gov

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