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The FCC Just Approved $563.2 Million to Expand Rural High-Speed Internet in 24 States

Yesterday the FCC announced two efforts to expand high-speed internet into rural America. First, the FCC is partnering with New York State’s Broadband Program to spend $39.2 million to bring highspeed internet to 15,442 unserved rural New York Homes. The FCC is also spending $524 million to bring high-speed internet to 205,520 rural American homes in 23 states.

“High-speed Internet provides access to opportunity in the 21st century, and the FCC’s top priority is closing the digital divide so that all Americans can fully participate in our connected society,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.  “Today’s authorization of funding is the largest yet from the auction, nearly double the amount authorized in the first two rounds nationwide, and serving over twice as many rural homes and businesses. I am pleased that the Commission is moving quickly to authorize these funds to close the digital divide in rural America.”

“Partnering with New York to expand broadband into unserved rural areas of the state was one of my first acts as Chairman,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.  “Closing the digital divide is the FCC’s top priority, and I’m proud that this partnership will provide many rural New Yorkers with access to the opportunities that high-speed Internet offers.”

According to the FCC, this money will come from the Universal Service Fund. The Universal Service Fund is a system of subsidies intended to promote access to phone services in underserved areas in the US. Now it is being used to promote internet services in rural America.

This is only the start of the FCC plans to push rural internet. According to the FCC, they will continue to push for the rollout of high-speed internet to more than 20 million Americans.

Here are the other states getting FCC funding with this announcement:

State Company Minimum Speed Support/10 Years # of Locations
Alabama Tombigbee Communications 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $1,691,879 279
Arkansas Aristotle Unified Communications 25/3 Mbps $7,069,003 3,191
California California Internet 100/20 Mbps $82,629,018 10,922
Colorado PC Telcorp 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $387,303 33
Delaware Bloosurf 25/3 Mbps $1,188,311 1,321
Illinois AMG Technology Investment Group 100/20 Mbps $35,329,966 10,226
Illinois AMG Technology Investment Group 25/3 Mbps * 4,796
Indiana Mercury Wireless Indiana 25/3 Mbps $1,400,845 7,371
Indiana Orange County REMC 100/20 Mbps $10,200,496 2,797
Indiana Orange County REMC 1 Gbps/500 Mbps * 1,249
Indiana Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $1,182,426 359
Iowa AMG Technology Investment Group 100/20 Mbps $50,614,528 7,693
Iowa AMG Technology Investment Group 25/3 Mbps * 7,404
Iowa Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $179,957 101
Kansas AMG Technology Investment Group 100/20 Mbps $37,349,711 5,393
Kansas AMG Technology Investment Group 25/3 Mbps * 4,695
Kansas Mercury Wireless Kansas 25/3 Mbps $1,331,173 776
Kentucky Gibson Connect 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $412,624 119
Maryland Bloosurf 25/3 Mbps $4,280,186 3,770
Michigan Crystal Automation Systems 100/20 Mbps $27,299,087 17,555
Michigan Crystal Automation Systems 25/3 Mbps * 53
Michigan Crystal Automation Systems 1 Gbps/500 Mbps * 2
Michigan Mercury Wireless Indiana 25/3 Mbps $235,637 971
Michigan Midwest Energy Cooperative 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $5,171,125 2,386
Michigan Tri-County Electric Cooperative 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $117,784 106
Minnesota Federated Telephone Cooperative 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $1,431,039 808
Minnesota Roseau Electric Cooperative 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $2,081,770 326
Mississippi Aristotle Unified Communications 25/3 Mbps $277,905 80
Missouri Aristotle Unified Communications 25/3 Mbps $3,001,545 788
Missouri Chariton Valley Communications Corporation 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $4,179,666 847
Missouri Mercury Wireless Kansas 25/3 Mbps $1,641,845 1,954
Missouri Mid-States Services 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $1,868,060 358
Nebraska AMG Technology Investment Group 100/20 Mbps $40,848,390 8,768
Nevada California Internet 100/20 Mbps $5,203,386 923
Nevada Valley Communications Association 25/3 Mbps $404,754 153
North Carolina RiverStreet Communications of North Carolina 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $679,130 368
North Dakota BEK Communications Cooperative 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $1,182,155 534
Ohio Mercury Wireless Indiana 25/3 Mbps $831 20
Oklahoma AMG Technology Investment Group 100/20 Mbps $41,285,224 12,750
Oklahoma AMG Technology Investment Group 25/3 Mbps * 5,133
Oklahoma Aristotle Unified Communications 25/3 Mbps $1,803,161 3,549
Oklahoma AtLink Services 25/3 Mbps $4,762,674 12,491
Oklahoma Lake Region Technology & Communications 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $4,024,501 2,247
Oklahoma OzarksGo 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $12,129,065 5,427
Oklahoma Pine Cellular Phones 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $4,360,549 1,058
Oklahoma Southern Plains Cable 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $857,095 664
Texas AMG Technology Investment Group 100/20 Mbps $75,855,975 18,675
Texas AMG Technology Investment Group 25/3 Mbps * 15,128
Texas Texhoma Fiber 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $831,018 98
Virginia PGEC Enterprises 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $15,402,703 5,287
Virginia RiverStreet Communications of Virginia 1 Gbps/500 Mbps $32,140,887 13,518
Total     $524,324,384 205,520
  * Dollar amount included in total for company      

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