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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