FCC Funding Authorized for Two Rural Broadband Experiment Fiber Projects

  • FCC
Washington – Four projects that will provide broadband service to 15,000 consumers living in rural areas have been authorized for funding from the FCC’s Rural Broadband Experiment program, of which two are fiber-based projects.

The $11.2 million awarded will fund a diverse group of projects in five states over 10 years. In addition to providing service, these projects will help fulfill the mission of the Rural Broadband Experiment program to explore cost-effective ways of expanding broadband service in rural areas.

Over 50 percent of rural Americans lack access to broadband, according to the FCC’s 2015 Broadband Progress Report. Recognizing the importance of broadband access in today’s society, the FCC’s Connect America Fund will provide over $10 billion over the next 6 years to close the rural-urban broadband gap. The Rural Broadband Experiments program was adopted in 2014 to test on a limited scale the use of competitive bidding to award funding from the Connect America Fund.

Authorized Fiber Projects

The two authorized fiber projects, their total funding over 10 years, and their locations are as follows:


  • Consolidated Communications Networks will receive $3 million to extend broadband service over a fiber network to 171 homes and businesses in portions of Stark County, North Dakota.




  • Delta Communications will receive $2.2 million to extend broadband service to 122 homes and businesses over fiber networks in portions of the following counties in Illinois: Alexander, Clay, Edwards, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, Union, Washington, Wayne, White and Williamson.


The projects must be 85 percent built out in three years, and 100 percent in five years.

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