FCC Funds Four Rural Broadband Experiments Reaching 15,000 Consumers
Four projects that will provide broadband service to 15,000 consumers living in rural areas have been authorized for funding from the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Rural Broadband Experiment program.
The $11.2 million awarded will fund a diverse group of projects in five states over 10 years.
In addition to providing broadband service, the FCC says that these projects will help fulfill the Rural Broadband Experiment program's mission to explore cost-effective ways of expanding broadband service in rural areas of the country.
The projects must be 85% built out in three years, and 100% in five years.
For the full list of authorized projects, their total funding over 10 years, and their locations, visit FCC.gov.
According the FCC's 2015 Broadband Progress Report, over 50% of rural Americans lack access to broadband. 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.