The Commission on Thursday authorized more than $240 million in funding over ten years to expand rural broadband deployment in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. These investments will connect more than 100,000 unserved rural homes and businesses. Broadband providers will begin receiving funding later this month.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called the news another step in the agency’s
efforts to close the digital divide. “Earlier this week, I had the
opportunity to see firsthand how funding provided through the FCC’s
Connect America Fund Phase II auction is having a positive impact on the
Wind River Indian Reservation in rural Wyoming. And the funding we are
authorizing today will bring those same benefits and connect more rural
Americans with digital opportunity.” Continue Reading