CenturyLink to connect 1.2m rural homes and businesses using CAF cash

28 Aug 2015

US telco CenturyLink has announced that it will roll out broadband networks connecting approximately 1.2 million rural households and businesses in 33 states, after accepting approximately USD500 million a year for six years from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)‘s Connect America Fund (CAF). CenturyLink is accepting 33 CAF Phase II state-wide offers from the FCC to bring internet service with speeds of at least 10Mbps/1Mbps (down/uplink) to locations in FCC-designated, high-cost census blocks. Once CenturyLink’s CAF Phase II six-year build-out plan is finalised over the coming months, construction is expected to begin in early 2016. Meanwhile, the telco opted to decline the CAF II state-wide offers relating to California, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Wyoming.

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