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FCC Authorizes Second Wave of Funding for Rural Broadband From Connect America Fund Auction

The following press release was issued on the Federal Communications Commission's website on June 10, 2019 

Media Contact:
Chelsea Fallon, (202) 418-7991

For Immediate Release

Another Round of Funding Starts This Month for Broadband Buildout in Rural Communities in 22 States
Fcc Logo Generic 300x169WASHINGTON, June 10, 2019—The FCC today authorized $166.8 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to 60,850 unserved rural homes and businesses in 22 states, representing the second wave of support from last year’s successful Connect America Fund Phase II auction. Providers will begin receiving funding this month.

In total, the auction last fall allocated $1.488 billion in support to expand broadband to more than 700,000 unserved rural homes and small businesses over the next 10 years. The FCC authorized the first wave of funding in May, providing $111.6 million in funding over the next decade to expand service to 37,148 unserved homes and businesses in 12 states.

To date, the first two rounds of authorizations are providing $278.4 million over the next decade to expand service to 97,998 new locations. Over the coming months, the FCC will be authorizing additional funding as it approves the final applications of the winning bidders from the auction.

“I’m pleased to announce that the second round of funding starts now for buildout of high-speed Internet service to 60,850 rural homes and businesses, which will bring them to the right side of the digital divide and give them access to the 21st-century opportunities that broadband offers,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “Providers will be deploying gigabit-speed connections to the majority of locations for which funding is being authorized today, while nearly 8,000 homes and small businesses on Tribal lands will be getting fixed broadband service for the first time.”

The funding applications approved by the Commission today include the following:

• Central Virginia Services, an electric coop, is receiving $28.6 million to deploy gigabit connections to nearly 11,000 locations in rural Virginia

• NTUA Wireless is receiving $28.4 million to serve over 7,000 homes and small businesses in Tribal areas of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, while SW DinehNet will serve 869 Tribal locations in New Mexico

• Co-Mo Comm, an electric coop, is receiving nearly $22 million to deploy gigabit connections to over 8,350 rural locations in Missouri

• Commnet of Nevada is receiving $23.6 million to provide service to over 12,800 homes and businesses in 11 counties in rural Nevada

Below is a complete list by state of the companies receiving support, the number of homes and businesses served (locations), the amount of support over 10 years, and the minimum download/upload speeds to be provided:

State Company Minimum Speed Locations Support /

10 Years
Arizona NTUA Wireless 25/3 Mbps 4,959 $21,262,510
Arkansas Next, Powered by NAEC 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 6,582 $22,600,026
Delaware Verizon Delaware 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 22 $148,090
Illinois Illinois Electric Cooperative 100/20 Mbps 804 $2,276,419
Iowa Heartland Telecommunications Company of Iowa 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 191 $627,920
Kansas IdeaTek Telcom 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 2,490 $6,186,882
Maryland Verizon Maryland 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 1,194 $3,058,921
Massachusetts Verizon New England 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 305 $948,305
Michigan Great Lakes Energy Connections 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 357 $1,043,543
Minnesota Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Cooperative 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 315 $1,313,543
Minnesota Garden Valley Telephone Company 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 95 $880,346
Minnesota West Central Telephone Association 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 532 $611,934
Minnesota Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 209 $552,330
Missouri Co-Mo Comm 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 8,356 $21,968,964
Missouri Callabyte Technology 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 1,485 $2,174,192
Nevada Commnet of Nevada 25/3 Mbps 12,844 $23,669,837
New Jersey Verizon New Jersey 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 510 $1,621,782
New Mexico NTUA Wireless 25/3 Mbps 1,476 $4,612,929
New Mexico SW DinehNet 25/3 Mbps 869 $2,038,738
Oklahoma Oklahoma Western Telephone Company 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 573 $2,303,928
Oregon Douglas Service 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 533 $3,475,834
Pennsylvania Verizon Pennsylvania 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 699 $1,672,629
Pennsylvania Verizon North 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 10 $14,654
Rhode Island Verizon New England 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 165 $475,303
Tennessee Meriwether Lewis Connect 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 290 $1,183,627
Tennessee HolstonConnect 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 517 $535,417
Utah NTUA Wireless 25/3 Mbps 606 $2,566,538
Virginia Central Virginia Services 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 10,827 $28,602,957
Virginia BARConnects 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 1,734 $4,974,237
Virginia EMPOWER Broadband, Inc. 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 838 $1,868,320
Virginia Verizon Virginia 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 421 $1,399,211
Virginia Verizon South 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 35 $138,038
West Virginia Hardy Telecommunications 1 Gbps/500 Mbps 7 $47,435
Total 60,850 $166,855,339

Providers must build out to 40% of the assigned homes and businesses in the areas won in a state within three years. Buildout must increase by 20% in each subsequent year, until complete buildout is reached at the end of the sixth year.

The Connect America Fund Phase II auction is part of a broader effort by the FCC to close the digital divide in rural America. In addition to the funding that will be made available through this auction, the Commission recently provided 186 companies in 43 states $65.7 million in additional annual funding to upgrade broadband speeds in rural communities, and offered incentives for over 500 rural carriers to provide faster broadband to over 1 million rural homes and businesses. Chairman Pai also announced his intention to create the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which will provide $20.4 billion over the next decade to connect approximately four million rural homes and businesses to high-speed broadband, representing the FCC’s single biggest step yet to close the digital divide.

More information is available on the auction is available at A map of winning bids is available at


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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974).