The FCC today announced that it is ready to authorize $554,150,641 million in its third round of funding for new broadband deployments through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. Together with two prior funding wave announcements, the Commission has now announced over $1 billion in funding to winning bidders for new deployments. In this funding wave, 11 broadband providers will bring fiber-to-the-home gigabit broadband service to over 180,000 locations in 19 states. The Commission also denied several waiver petitions by companies that did not diligently pursue their applications.
You can get the details on winners; I’ve pulled out the Windstream totals:
- Census blocks 20
- Locations 2,830
- Total Award $6,548,963.30
The was some news about LTD broadband. Although not in Minnesota…
The FCC also continued to work to ensure that funding only supports providers that comply with program requirements. The FCC denied LTD Broadband’s petition seeking waiver of the deadline to be designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier in Iowa, Nebraska, and North Dakota, and denied NW Fiber’s petition seeking waiver of the deadline for submitting a post-auction long form application.