Over 106,000 Rural Homes And Businesses To Get Better, Faster Broadband

Because of FCC Reforms, Higher-Speed Broadband Will Reach New Homes and Businesses in 43 States

Over 106,000 rural homes and small businesses in 43 states will get access to improved broadband service due to recent FCC reforms to the Universal Service Fund.

“Today’s announcement means that many more rural Americans will have access to high-speed broadband service that will enable them to fully participate in the digital economy—entrepreneurship, telemedicine, precision agriculture, online education, and more,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.  “This is yet another example of how the FCC is working hard to close the digital divide.”

Pursuant to new rules adopted by the Commission last December, a total of 186 companies participating in the FCC’s Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) program have accepted $65.7 million in additional annual support over the next decade.  In return, these carriers have committed to deploying 25/3 Mbps service to 106,365 homes and small businesses that would have otherwise only received slower 10/1 Mbps service.

The boost represents a 31.8% increase in the number of locations that will have faster service available through the A-CAM program.  Carriers must deploy 25/3 Mbps service to 40% of locations by end of the 2022, and increase deployment by 10% annually until buildout is complete at the end of 2028.

The chart below details the impact of the additional funding by state:

State Previous 25/3 Mbps Obligation New 25/3 Mbps Obligation Difference (number of households/

businesses)

Difference %
AK 1,670 3,778 2,108 126.2%
AL 18,816 21,986 3,170 16.8%
AR 9,377 12,018 2,641 28.2%
AZ 1,353 2,903 1,550 114.6%
State Previous 25/3 Mbps Obligation New 25/3 Mbps Obligation Difference Difference %
CA 1,316 1,937 621 47.2%
CO 1,981 3,225 1,244 62.8%
FL 1,364 1,545 181 13.3%
GA 13,607 15,758 2,151 15.8%
IA 8,886 13,075 4,189 47.1%
ID 3,505 5,444 1,939 55.3%
IL 4,408 6,320 1,912 43.4%
IN 5,532 6,373 841 15.2%
KS 1,410 2,713 1,303 92.4%
KY 3,643 4,233 590 16.2%
LA 1,001 1,357 356 35.6%
MA 11 12 1 9.1%
ME 6,427 7,477 1,050 16.3%
MI 9,471 14,560 5,089 53.7%
MN 43,241 54,599 11,358 26.3%
MO 7,093 11,175 4,082 57.5%
MS 17,894 22,043 4,149 23.2%
MT 5,309 10,907 5,598 105.4%
ND 325 874 549 168.9%
NE 5,582 11,208 5,626 100.8%
NH 1,407 1,595 188 13.4%
NM 1,384 3,087 1,703 123.0%
NV 1,424 2,540 1,116 78.4%
NY 18,544 21,324 2,780 15.0%
OH 4,206 4,834 628 14.9%
OK 20,029 27,753 7,724 38.6%
OR 4,420 6,492 2,072 46.9%
PA 9,863 11,325 1,462 14.8%
SC 3,739 4,260 521 13.9%
SD 1,685 3,423 1,738 103.1%
TN 22,225 25,276 3,051 13.7%
TX 14,306 21,331 7,025 49.1%
UT 2,582 5,596 3,014 116.7%
VA 10,913 12,688 1,775 16.3%
VT 756 856 100 13.2%
WA 3,010 4,095 1,085 36.0%
WI 36,887 43,146 6,259 17.0%
WV 2,975 3,809 834 28.0%
WY 866 1,858 992 114.5%
Total 334,443 440,808 106,365 31.8%