FCC’s $1.5 Billion Broadband Subsidie Distribution by StateWe’ve previously discussed the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Connect America program, which is designed to spread the availability of broadband to rural areas by subsidizing network construction in areas where it’s prohibitively expensive. This year, the FCC announced it was expanding the program, and now, it’s also announced where the $1.5 billion in annual support is going. In all, the FCC will provide $9 billion in subsidies over six years to connect 7.3 million rural subscribers in 45 states to broadband networks. To be eligible for the funding, each Internet Service Provider (ISP) applying for funding had to agree to provide service of at least 10 Mbps downloads and 1 Mbps uploads. According to the FCC press release, Phase II funding will be distributed to states and ISPs as follows. Alabama: $44,767,752 to AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, FairPoint Communications, and Windstream Arizona: $23,370,158 to CenturyLink and Frontier Arkansas: $54,276,176 to AT&T, CenturyLink, and Windstream California: $98,330,096 to AT&T, Consolidated Communications, and Frontier Colorado: $26,509,143 to CenturyLink Connecticut: $435,139 to Frontier Florida: $26,836,154 to AT&T, CenturyLink, FairPoint Communications, Frontier, and Windstream Georgia: $50,858,551 to AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, and Windstream Hawaii: $4,424,319 to Hawaiian Telcom Idaho: $11,502,990 to CenturyLink and Frontier Illinois: $50,128,844 to AT&T, CenturyLink, Consolidated Communications, FairPoint Communications, and Frontier Indiana: $51,128,227 to AT&T, CenturyLink, and Frontier Iowa: $53,200,244 to CenturyLink, Consolidated Communications, Frontier, and Windstream Kansas: $35,443,694 to AT&T and CenturyLink Kentucky: $54,573,721 to AT&T, Cincinatti Bell, and Windstream Louisiana: $37,378,605 to AT&T and CenturyLInk Maine: $13,289,220 to FairPoint Communications Massachusetts: $63,258 to FairPoint Communications Michigan: $60,522,568 to AT&T, CenturyLink, and Frontier Minnesota: $85,622,871 to CenturyLink, Consolidated Communications, Frontier, and Windstream Mississippi: $51,506,992 to AT&T, Frontier, and Windstream Missouri: $93,728,312 to CenturyLink, FairPoint Communications, and Windstream Montana: $16,310,111 to CenturyLink and Frontier Nebraska: $23,215,615 to CenturyLink, Frontier, and Windstream Nevada: $2,451,840 to CenturyLink and Frontier New Hampshire: $4,376,606 New Jersey: $450,340 to CenturyLink New Mexico: $15,369.074 to CenturyLink and Frontier New York: $21,444,471 to FairPoint Communications, Frontier, and Windstream North Carolina: $19,055,517 to AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, and Windstream North Dakota: $5,656,741 to CenturyLink Ohio: $58,483,365 to AT&T, Cincinnati Bell, CenturyLink, FairPoint Communications, Frontier, and Windstream Oklahoma: $8,003,516 to FairPoint Communications and Windstream Oregon: $21,657,260 to CenturyLink and Frontier Pennsylvania: $27,694,806 to CenturyLink, Consolidated Communications, FairPoint Communications, Frontier, and Windstream South Carolina: $16,286,714 to AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, and Windstream South Dakota: $9,117,215 to CenturyLink Tennessee: $29,927,295 to AT&T, CenturyLink, and Frontier Texas: $93,131,882 to AT&T, CenturyLink, and Consolidated Communications Utah: $4,441,848 to CenturyLink and Frontier Vermont: $8,789,359 to FairPoint Communications Virginia: $16,588,786 to CenturyLink and FairPoint Communications Washington: $34,421,951 to CenturyLink, FairPoint Communications, and Frontier West Virginia: $38,068,337 to Frontier Wisconsin: $95,438,696 to AT&T, CenturyLink, and Frontier Who Wins? In terms of overall dollars, the biggest winners are California, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Texas, each of which will get over $93 million in subsidies. The ISPs receiving the most funding to expand access are, in order, CenturyLink, AT&T, Frontier, and Windstream. Unfortunately, Alaska, Delaware, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Wyoming will not receive any funding as part of Phase II. Tell Me More For county-by-county details, download the FCC press release. Knowing which ISPs will receive funding may provide another clue as to who will benefit based on current service areas. For example, while broadband carriers may expand into new areas, providers of non-broadband options may offer faster service to current rural customers. Help Yourself If FCC funding isn’t coming to your aid, or you don’t want to wait until it does, you may still have more options than you realize for high-speed Internet access. To see all your options at once, enter your ZIP code below. [zipfinder]
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