We’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
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.
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.