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|