Rural Communities

According to the Federal Register notice, the rules are designed ?to provide interconnecting entities adequate time to prepare their networks for the planned copper retirements and to ensure that consumers are able to make informed choices.?
CWA and the AFL-CIO, civil rights groups, public interest and consumer organizations, education advocates and library associations all filed comments at the FCC urging the agency to modernize the low-income subsidy program to support broadband services, quality standards, and to establish a neutral third-party eligibility verifier.
The money will help the carriers expand 10/1 Mbps broadband service to a combined 3.4 million homes and businesses in rural locations across 36 states.
The money will help the carrier expand 10/1 Mbps broadband service to 105,000 locations in 14 states over the next six years.
A Minn. telco represented by CWA won an award for its GigaZone project, an initiative to bring high-speed Internet to 5,000 square miles of rural Minnesota.
The money will help the carrier expand broadband service to more than 1.3 million rural customers across 28 states.
Legislation has been introduced that would direct the FCC to establish a broadband Lifeline program. Activists, regulators, and members of the telecommunications industry -- all are lending support.
Sixty-one Senators signed a letter calling on the FCC to modernize its rules regarding a rural communications services program.
The FCC is launching Phase II of the Connect America Fund, a program that aims to expand broadband to over 8.5 million rural Americans.
Phase two of the Connect America Fund (CAF II) will offer some $1.7 billion annually through 2020 to AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, Windstream, and Verizon for rural broadband.