FCC identifies areas potentially eligible for Connect America Fund Broadband Subsidies
This week, the Federal Communications Commission published a list of areas potentially eligible on an experimental basis for Connect America Fund broadband subsidies to a wide range of applicants and service providers. The FCC has also released more information on this process for parties interested in applying for funding for any such rural broadband infrastructure project.This is the first opportunity for providers that are not the incumbent local telephone company in a particular area to receive connect America funding
Some highlights of this worth noting:
- This is the first opportunity for providers that are not the incumbent local telephone company in a particular area to receive connect America funding
- Services that are funded could exceed the current standard of 4 Mbps/1Mbps broadband but would have to be an area that does not have access to fixed broadband at 3 Mbps d/768 k u (the same definition that is being used by the PSC)
- Providers, communities, institutions, and public-private partnerships (also emphasized in the PSC grant program), can “express an interest” with an idea, but need to act quickly (March 7). An “expression of interest” is non-binding.