FCC announces more than USD1bn in rural broadband support for 32 states

20 Dec 2021

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it is ready to authorise more than USD1 billion over ten years in its fifth round of funding for new broadband deployments through the ‘Rural Digital Opportunity Fund’. In a press release regarding the matter, the FCC said that in what it claimed was ‘the largest funding wave to date’, a total of 69 broadband providers will bring high speed services to 518,088 locations in 32 states.

Commenting, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said: ‘This latest round of funding will open up even more opportunities to connect hundreds of thousands of Americans to high-speed, reliable broadband service … Today’s actions reflect the hard work we’ve put in over the past year to ensure that applicants meet their obligations and follow our rules. With thoughtful oversight, this programme can direct funding to areas that need broadband and to providers who are qualified to do the job.’

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