FCC Authorizes Four Rural Broadband Experiments
Funding has been authorized for four separate rural broadband experiments as announced in aPublic Notice. The $11.2 million awarded will fund a diverse group of projects in five states over the course of 10 years, and will provide service to 15,000 consumers in rural areas. The authorized projects, which must be 85% built out in three years, and 100% built out in five years, are as follows:
Fixed Wireless Service: Skybeam, LLC will receive $2.6 million to extend service to portions of Illinois, $880,000 for portions of Kansas, and $1 million for portions of Texas;
Hybrid Fiber/Fixed Wireless Network: Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative will receive $1.5 million to extend service in parts of Fayette County, Iowa;
Fiber Network: Consolidated Communications Networks, Inc. will receive $3 million to extend service in parts of Stark County, North Dakota; and
Fiber Network: Delta Communications LLC will receive $2.2 million to extend service in various counties in Illinois.
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