Yesterday, the FCC announced the finalized details of the Universal Service Fund’s replacement, the Connect America Fund. The $115 million plan will bring high speed internet to nearly 400,000 underserved residents across 37 states within three years time, the first step in the agency’s $4.5 billion National Broadband Plan.
The FCC plans to bring broadband to 400,000 citizens in three years, seven million in six years, and as many of the 19 million residents that the FCC estimates lack access to broadband by 2020. The organization is calling this an “unprecedented broadband expansion,” and says that this news marks the beginning of one of the largest public and private efforts to improve national broadband in American history.
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