FCC authorizes $4.9 billion in A-CAM – $569 million in MN

The FCC reports

Taking further steps to close the digital divide, the Federal Communications Commission today authorized over $4.9 billion in support over the next decade for maintaining, improving, and expanding affordable rural broadband for 455,334 homes and businesses served by 171 carriers in 39 states and American Samoa, including 44,243 locations on Tribal lands.

The support is targeted to smaller rural carriers, traditionally known as “rate-of-return” carriers.  These carriers agreed this year to accept subsidies based on the FCC’s Alternative Connect America Cost Model, or A-CAM, which provides predictability, rewards efficiency, and provides more value for each taxpayer dollar.  The homes and businesses are located in sparsely populated rural areas where the per-location price of deployment and ongoing costs of providing broadband service are high, requiring support from the FCC’s Universal Service Fund to facilitate network improvements and keep rates reasonably comparable to those in urban areas.

In return for the support that is being approved today, carriers must maintain, improve, and expand broadband throughout their service areas, including providing service of at least 25 Megabits per second downstream and 3 Mbps upstream to over 363,000 locations, including more than 37,000 locations on Tribal lands.  Providers will be held accountable through an enforceable schedule for delivering improved and expanded service, with the first interim deployment obligation occurring in 2022.

Minnesota is one of the biggest recipient with $569,183,965 going to better serve 55,520 locations over the next 10 years.

I know this info below will not transfer well to the website BUT you can download a spreadsheet of which carriers got funding, how much, for how many areas at which speeds and more…

Carrier Holding company Annual support Locations
 ALBN  Albany Mutual Telephone Association             1,741,828                      2,376
 ALLN  Alliance Communications Cooperative, Inc.                518,742                         667
 BNTN2  Benton Cooperative Telephone Company             2,592,147                      3,724
 FDRT  Federated Telephone Cooperative             3,392,869                      2,122
 FRMR8  Farmers Mutual Tel             1,693,615                      1,094
 GRDN  Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association             2,119,740                      3,090
 GRDN2  Garden Valley Telephone Company           13,610,263                    10,737
 HLST  Halstad Telephone Company             1,098,297                         707
 HRMN  Harmony Telephone Company                578,457                         583
 JHNS  Johnson Telephone Company             2,363,306                      3,063
 KSSN  Kasson & Mantorville Telephone Company             1,558,090                      1,574
 LNSD  Lonsdale Telephone Company                486,808                         710
 LSMR  Lismore Cooperative Telephone Company                576,970                         382
 PLBN  Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Cooperative           11,501,395                    13,727
 PLRC  Polar Communication Mutual Aid Corporation                261,923                         182
 RNST  Runestone Telephone Association             4,429,214                      3,627
 SPRN4  Spring Grove Communications                777,675                         531
 UPSL  Upsala Cooperative Telephone Association             1,207,710                      1,157
 WDST  Woodstock Telephone Company             1,416,710                      1,067
 WNNB  Winnebago Cooperative Telephone Association                782,481                         688
 WSTC2  West Central Telephone Assn.             4,210,156                      3,712


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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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