Frontier Communications, one of the largest rural telcos in the US with a footprint covering 27 states, has announced that it has been granted USD71.9 million from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Connect America Fund (CAF). The funding presents Frontier with an opportunity to expand its commitment to deploying and enhancing broadband connectivity in underserved or unserved areas. By accepting the monies, Frontier has pledged to provide broadband services to an additional 92,876 households covering more than half of the 27 states it currently serves, ensuring rural customers in states such as Michigan, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia have access to high speed internet connectivity.
Kathleen Quinn Abernathy, executive vice president of external affairs for Frontier, commented: ‘The FCC’s Connect America Fund offers Frontier additional resources to drive broadband penetration to rural markets that are hungry for access. The CAF programme directly supports broadband infrastructure, a critical first step to offering services to the high-cost, rural parts of our nation. This support will supplement the more than USD1.5 billion of private investment made by Frontier over the last two years to deploy an advanced communications network to rural America’.