FCC Authorizes $4.9 Billion for Rural Broadband

 

 

  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

WASHINGTON — Taking further steps to close the digital divide, the Federal Communications Commission authorized over $4.9 billion in support over the next decade for maintaining, improving, and expanding affordable rural broadband for 455,334 homes and businesses served by 171 carriers in 39 states and American Samoa, including 44,243 locations on Tribal lands.

Support for Smaller Rural Carriers

The support is targeted to smaller rural carriers, traditionally known as “rate-of-return” carriers.  These carriers agreed this year to accept subsidies based on the FCC’s Alternative Connect America Cost Model, or A-CAM, which provides predictability, rewards efficiency, and provides more value for each taxpayer dollar.  The homes and businesses are located in sparsely populated rural areas where the per-location price of deployment and ongoing costs of providing broadband service are high, requiring support from the FCC’s Universal Service Fund to facilitate network improvements and keep rates reasonably comparable to those in urban areas.

Minimum 25/3 Mbps Required

In return for the support that is being approved, carriers must maintain, improve, and expand broadband throughout their service areas, including providing service of at least 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream to over 363,000 locations, including more than 37,000 locations on Tribal lands.  Providers will be held accountable through an enforceable schedule for delivering improved and expanded service, with the first interim deployment obligation occurring in 2022.

“Our action today will help close the digital divide and is a win-win for rural Americans and taxpayers,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “Carriers get the predictable support they need to deliver broadband to their customers in these high-cost rural areas.  And taxpayers, who fund this support through a fee on their phone bills, are getting more bang for their buck.”

The following is a list of states where companies will receive support, with 10-year support amounts and the number of homes and businesses supported (locations):

State                          Support/10 Years        Locations

Alabama                   $19,825,294                     2,595
Arkansas                  $62,214,235                     6,888
American Samoa      $14,469,062                    4,299
Arizona                   $160,088,333                   13,484            
California                  $13,223,026                    1,370 
Colorado                 $179,586,635                  12,764
Florida                         $5,655,003                   1,025 
Georgia                     $49,280,605                  10,182
Iowa                        $460,719,134                   38,609
Idaho                         $49,972,977                    4,914
Illinois                      $116,625,196                    8,640
Kansas                    $191,194,499                 14,395
Louisiana                  $29,102,935                    5,111
Maine                        $29,859,618                    5,700
Michigan                   $62,810,523                   10,002
Minnesota               $569,183,965                 55,520
Missouri                  $246,463,936                  25,232
Mississippi                  $7,156,222                    1,644
Montana                 $160,160,797                   14,048
North Carolina                 $68,079                         36
North Dakota          $590,652,649                  41,578
Nebraska                $124,459,058                    9,133 
New Hampshire             $323,936                       157 
New Mexico              $13,606,063                    1,319
Nevada                       $5,400,558                      675
New York                    $8,208,810                     1,137
Ohio                            $8,972,161                     1,404 
Oklahoma               $102,292,229                   10,559
Oregon                     $67,639,694                     4,689 
Pennsylvania             $3,097,897                         696 
South Dakota         $705,494,791                   55,089
Tennessee               $43,286,914                   10,883            
Texas                     $305,458,058                   23,424
Utah                        $71,858,677                      6,884
Virginia                    $22,940,420                      5,096
Vermont                  $13,651,766                      3,620
Washington            $13,934,600                       2,037
Wisconsin             $163,137,873                     21,080
West Virginia           $50,405,479                      5,531
Wyoming                $171,945,431                   13,885

Total                       $4,914,427,137               455,334

 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

   
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

 

 

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