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:

StateCompanyMinimum SpeedSupport/10 Years # of Locations
AlabamaTombigbee Communications1 Gbps/500 Mbps$1,691,879279
ArkansasAristotle Unified Communications25/3 Mbps$7,069,0033,191
CaliforniaCalifornia Internet100/20 Mbps$82,629,01810,922
ColoradoPC Telcorp1 Gbps/500 Mbps$387,30333
DelawareBloosurf25/3 Mbps$1,188,3111,321
IllinoisAMG Technology Investment Group100/20 Mbps$35,329,96610,226
IllinoisAMG Technology Investment Group25/3 Mbps*4,796
IndianaMercury Wireless Indiana25/3 Mbps$1,400,8457,371
IndianaOrange County REMC100/20 Mbps$10,200,4962,797
IndianaOrange County REMC1 Gbps/500 Mbps*1,249
IndianaPerry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative1 Gbps/500 Mbps$1,182,426359
IowaAMG Technology Investment Group100/20 Mbps$50,614,5287,693
IowaAMG Technology Investment Group25/3 Mbps*7,404
IowaWinnebago Cooperative Telecom Association1 Gbps/500 Mbps$179,957101
KansasAMG Technology Investment Group100/20 Mbps$37,349,7115,393
KansasAMG Technology Investment Group25/3 Mbps*4,695
KansasMercury Wireless Kansas25/3 Mbps$1,331,173776
KentuckyGibson Connect1 Gbps/500 Mbps$412,624119
MarylandBloosurf25/3 Mbps$4,280,1863,770
MichiganCrystal Automation Systems100/20 Mbps$27,299,08717,555
MichiganCrystal Automation Systems25/3 Mbps*53
MichiganCrystal Automation Systems1 Gbps/500 Mbps*2
MichiganMercury Wireless Indiana25/3 Mbps$235,637971
MichiganMidwest Energy Cooperative1 Gbps/500 Mbps$5,171,1252,386
MichiganTri-County Electric Cooperative1 Gbps/500 Mbps$117,784106
MinnesotaFederated Telephone Cooperative1 Gbps/500 Mbps$1,431,039808
MinnesotaRoseau Electric Cooperative1 Gbps/500 Mbps$2,081,770326
MississippiAristotle Unified Communications25/3 Mbps$277,90580
MissouriAristotle Unified Communications25/3 Mbps$3,001,545788
MissouriChariton Valley Communications Corporation1 Gbps/500 Mbps$4,179,666847
MissouriMercury Wireless Kansas25/3 Mbps$1,641,8451,954
MissouriMid-States Services1 Gbps/500 Mbps$1,868,060358
NebraskaAMG Technology Investment Group100/20 Mbps$40,848,3908,768
NevadaCalifornia Internet100/20 Mbps$5,203,386923
NevadaValley Communications Association25/3 Mbps$404,754153
North CarolinaRiverStreet Communications of North Carolina1 Gbps/500 Mbps$679,130368
North DakotaBEK Communications Cooperative1 Gbps/500 Mbps$1,182,155534
OhioMercury Wireless Indiana25/3 Mbps$83120
OklahomaAMG Technology Investment Group100/20 Mbps$41,285,22412,750
OklahomaAMG Technology Investment Group25/3 Mbps*5,133
OklahomaAristotle Unified Communications25/3 Mbps$1,803,1613,549
OklahomaAtLink Services25/3 Mbps$4,762,67412,491
OklahomaLake Region Technology & Communications1 Gbps/500 Mbps$4,024,5012,247
OklahomaOzarksGo1 Gbps/500 Mbps$12,129,0655,427
OklahomaPine Cellular Phones1 Gbps/500 Mbps$4,360,5491,058
OklahomaSouthern Plains Cable1 Gbps/500 Mbps$857,095664
TexasAMG Technology Investment Group100/20 Mbps$75,855,97518,675
TexasAMG Technology Investment Group25/3 Mbps*15,128
TexasTexhoma Fiber1 Gbps/500 Mbps$831,01898
VirginiaPGEC Enterprises1 Gbps/500 Mbps$15,402,7035,287
VirginiaRiverStreet Communications of Virginia1 Gbps/500 Mbps$32,140,88713,518
Total   $524,324,384205,520
 * Dollar amount included in total for company   

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