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The FCC Is About to Release $2 Billion for Rural Broadband

Telephone Terminals in Disarray on Phone PoleLast week, the FCC took the final steps in a plan to release $2 billion in federal funding for new broadband infrastructure in rural areas.

This plan is called the Connect America Fund II, and its goal is to subsidize work in underserviced areas. These areas are picked by the FCC, and companies will be able to apply to get subsides to support different areas selected by the FCC.

“With our decisions today, we jump the last big hurdle before holding a first-of-its-kind universal service reverse auction,” said Chairman Pai in an accompanying statement. “And I’ll remind
everyone that CAF II is only the beginning. In 2019, we will move on to the Remote Areas Fund for those areas still without high-speed broadband. Rural America has waited long enough.”

This process will begin in July 2018 when the Connect America Fund will start taking bids on areas listed by the FCC for rural broadband expansion.

This is all part of a bigger effort by the FCC to drive up broadband penetration in rural areas that traditionally have limited internet access. From making it easier for companies to roll out new fiber to support the expansion of broadband, this new funding is just one step in that bigger plan.

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7 Responses to The FCC Is About to Release $2 Billion for Rural Broadband

  1. Larry Hanson February 6, 2018 at 8:16 am #

    Hurry up and dump the old antiquated system onto the rural areas before it totally loses it value. They won’t know the difference anyway. It will seem great to them that have been on dial up, dsl, and low cap satellite. The rest of the country can then move onto the new 5G system.

  2. stumpy579 February 6, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    Every penny of that money should go to providing 5G to rural areas. Private companies will only provide 5G to areas where they can make a big profit leaving rural areas out as usual.

  3. McMaster63 February 6, 2018 at 11:12 am #

    No mater what they do, it will cost the consumer Dearly

  4. Dan Ataz February 6, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    How many more options do the urban areas need? We in the rural areas have 2 if we’re lucky (I have FIOS or SAT – SAT is not an option, so I have no competitive option). Tired of see so many options for others.

    • Joellyn Carpenter February 6, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

      I live in a urban area and only have 2 choices also. Spectrum or Non fiber Frontier.

      • Me February 6, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

        Which is 2 choices more than many people have.

  5. Me February 6, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

    $2 billion only about 1% of what is actually needed.