Today the FCC announced plans to spend $166.8 million to bring high-speed internet to rural America in 22 states. The goal is to reach 60,850 homes that currently have no high-speed internet options. This is on top of the $116.6 million that the FCC already announced to wire 37.148 homes in 12 states back in May.
“Providers will be deploying gigabit-speed connections to the majority of locations for which funding is being authorized today, while nearly 8,000 homes and small businesses on Tribal lands will be getting fixed broadband service for the first time,” the FCC chairman said.
According to the FCC, this money will come from the Universal Service Fund. The Universal Service Fun 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.
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