Telcos in 16 states to get more than $100M for broadband access

Telecommunications companies in 16 states will share more than $103 million in Agriculture Department funding to help expand broadband Internet access to parts of rural America that haven't gotten high-speed service or have little service, the Associated Press reports.

Those states are: West Virginia, Virginia, Wyoming, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin, the article continued.

About 28 percent of rural America doesn't have access to Internet service with speeds of three megabits per second or faster, compared with only three percent in non-rural areas, the story added. 

The Obama administration is pursuing a National Broadband Plan, led by the Federal Communications Commission, to deliver broadband connectivity to all of the United States.

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Reader Comments

Wed, Aug 24, 2011

ditto telecoms don't need a subsidy to provide access they can already use wimax technology which is already used in 3rd world countries to provide access. our telecoms bought up the wimax bandwidth to prevent it's use for this kind of application. the DOJ FTC and other govt agencies need to be more proactive and forsee this kind of technology abuse. furthermore, they need to be ensuring there are many more players in broadband by disallowing mergers and acquisitions.

Wed, Aug 24, 2011 city dweller

Rural people choose to live where they get cheap land, cheap housing, no congestion, and low crime, saving themselves a fortune. Satellite internet is already available to them at reasonable costs. Federally subsidized rural internet is a complete boondoggle, taking from some to give to others. If a rural state wants to subsidize it, let the state pay for it.

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