According to a recent press release, Frontier Communications has accepted a sum of $238M to bring broadband services to more than 65,000 rural Americans across 28 states delivering in-home broadband speeds of at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload. Frontiers’ President and CEO Dan McCarthy noted in the release:
"Frontier is a broadband company focused on delivering the life-changing benefits of broadband across our entire service area. CAF Phase II is a critical next step in delivering broadband service – and the major economic benefits associated with it – to rural America. We have reviewed the FCC’s CAF Phase II rules and offers and look forward to partnering with the FCC to achieve our common goal of increased broadband access for rural America. We have decided to accept the CAF Phase II funding more than two months before the formal August 27 deadline because we are eager to start building the infrastructure necessary to provide service to these markets as soon as possible."
This isn't the first time Frontier has received funds from the FCC. Back in 2011, the company accepted $133M as part of the first phase of the Connect America plan. Specifics can be found here in regards to which counties will receive which amounts of funding per the FCC. States like West Virginia, Michigan and Indiana appear to be the ones which will receive the most out of the funds. The FCC finished its release by spotlighting an important piece of the Connect America plan saying, "Carriers receiving Connect America Fund support must build out broadband to 40% of funded locations by the end 2017, 60% by end of 2018, and 100% by the end of 2020."
We're excited to see more support for rural broadband needs. There are a tremendous amount of Americans that can benefit from high-speed Internet as we've seen from our work with the Seneca Nation of Indians, most recently. A project where we brought high-speed Internet to more than 1,500 homes over a 24-square mile radius of difficult hard-to-reach terrain in Upstate New York. Read more about that project below:
If you have any questions or concerns about rural broadband, we'd love to hear from you.