Showing posts with label Connect America. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Connect America. Show all posts

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Second Round of FCC's Connect America Funding Taps $385 Million

The second round of funding from the FCC's Connect America Fund will provide broadband access to an estimated 600,000 homes and small businesses.

The FCC announced that Service Providers in 44 states and Puerto Rico requested over $385 million from the Fund.  These funds are to be matched with hundreds of millions of their own dollars.  Deployment must be completed within three years.

The FCC estimates that about 15 million U.S. residents, mostly rural, currently lack access to broadband and the opportunities it
provides.

"Broadband is no longer a luxury but is essential in today's society to finding a job, getting an education, receiving quality health care, and staying connected with family and community," said Acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn. "This second round of support from the Connect America Fund will leverage private investment and connect hundreds of thousands of rural consumers and businesses to the robust broadband that other communities have long taken for granted. I'm delighted that requests for support in this round have exceeded our expectations, putting us that much closer to the day when all Americans have access to broadband."

http://www.fcc.gov


  • In July 2012, the first phase of the FCC's "Connect America Fund" kicked off with about $115 million in public funding being allocated to bring broadband to nearly 400,000 residents and small business owners in 37 states.Many projects are now receiving funding and are expected to begin immediately/ All projects must be completed within three years.The FCC estimates that nearly 19 million residents currently lack access to broadband. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

FCC's Connect America Fund Gets Underway

The FCC adopted an official reform order for establishing the Connect America Fund, which replaces the outdated universal service and intercarrier compensations systems.


The Connect America Fund has the following mission: (1) preserve and advance universal availability of voice
service; (2) ensure universal availability of modern networks capable of providing voice and
broadband service to homes, businesses, and community anchor institutions; (3) ensure universal
availability of modern networks capable of providing advanced mobile voice and broadband
service; (4) ensure that rates for broadband services and rates for voice services are reasonably
comparable in all regions of the nation; and (5) minimize the universal service contribution
burden on consumers and businesses.

CAF will eventually replace all of the existing high-cost support mechanisms. The annual funding target is set at no more than $4.5 billion over the next six years. The goal is to help make broadband available
to homes, businesses, and community anchor institutions in areas that do not, or would not
otherwise, have broadband, including mobile voice and broadband networks in areas that do not,
or would not otherwise, have mobile service, and broadband in the most remote areas of the
nation.

The CAF plans to adopt incentive-based, market-driven policies, including competitive bidding, to distribute
universal service funds more efficiently than previously.
http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/connecting-america#read

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