WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission authorized $4.5 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to 3,861 unserved homes and businesses in Oklahoma, part of the fourth wave of support from last year’s s successful Connect America Fund Phase II auction. The providers will begin receiving funding later this month.
Nationwide, the FCC authorized over $121 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to 36,579 unserved rural homes and businesses in 16 states in today’s wave of funding.
“In Oklahoma, this round of funding takes yet another step toward closing the digital divide, providing access to digital opportunity to nearly 3,900 more unserved rural homes and businesses," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
Statewide in Oklahoma, the FCC to date has authorized over $99 million to expand broadband to 55,742 rural homes and businesses over the next decade. Below is a list of the companies receiving support in the recent funding wave in Oklahoma by county, along with the number of homes and businesses served (locations), the amount of support over 10 years, and the minimum download/upload speeds to be provided:
In Muskogee County, Cross Cable Television will provide a minimum speed of 1 Gbps/500 Mbps. The amount of support over 10 years is $5,579 in eight locations.
Providers must build out to 40 percent of the assigned homes and businesses in the areas won in a state within three years. Buildout must increase by 20 percent in each subsequent year, until complete buildout is reached at the end of the sixth year.