NEW YORK--Whether it's the broadband stimulus program or the Connect America Fund, there has been no shortage of efforts in recent years to drive broadband into rural areas. However, a growing number of service providers say that there should be more focus on providing middle mile fiber-based networks that can backhaul traffic and connect with major Internet peering points.
Frontier has agreed to accept $283 million in annual Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II support from the FCC that it says will enable it to build out broadband service to over 650,000 rural locations that it could not economically reach before.
John Jones may have only recently taken up his post as CenturyLink's senior vice president of public policy and government relations, but he's a 21-year company veteran who has spent that tenure leading state and federal regulatory and legislative initiatives, among other things. Show More Summary
CenturyLink, Frontier Communications and a number of other Tier 2 telcos that have struggled to bring broadband services to hard-to-reach rural areas will now have another aide with the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), which is offering service providers about $1.7 billion in funding.
Frontier Communications acknowledges that while there are clearly going to be challenges in meeting the FCC's new requirement to deliver 10 Mbps of broadband service in rural areas under Phase II of the Connect America Fund (CAF), the service provider is confident it can meet the challenge.
CenturyLink and Windstream are prime candidates for FCC's Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF-II) since both telcos serve a large swatch of Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets, but both telcos are concerned that the timeline to meet the 10/1 Mbps requirement is not realistic.
Wireline companies wanting to tap into Connect America funding will have to deliver broadband speeds of at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream, the FCC has ruled.
CenturyLink and Frontier Communications say in a joint filing that the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II) should support the regulator's 10/1 proposed broadband definition in all rural areas they serve today.
Over 40 members of Congress have asked the FCC to give service providers the flexibility they need to deploy high-speed broadband connections to more hard-to-reach communities under the upcoming Connect America Funding II (CAF II) program.
FCC answers some questions on next phase of CAF, but raises new questions about the CAF Phase II and Mobility Fund Phase II Auctions If we go just by the title of the FCC’s most recent action in the Connect America Fund (CAF) docket, the FCC accomplished quite a bit in one fell swoop. Show More Summary
The FCC won a victory to maintain its Connect America Fund (CAF), a $4.5 billion plan set on bringing broadband service to 7 million people, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver upheld the program.
At long last, the FCC can move forward with reforming its rural connection subsidies for the broadband era. A federal appeals court has upheld the agency's Connect America Fund after challenges from smaller carriers, which were worried that the shift...
Frontier may be a supporter of the FCC's Connect America Fund phase II, but like others, it's concerned that the regulator's proposal to raise the broadband speed obligations from 4 to 10 Mbps is not a realistic proposition unless it alters the funding model.
The FCC is moving ahead with the second phase of its Connect America Fund (CAF) program, which is being used to move government subsidies from traditional POTS phone service to broadband in high-cost rural areas, drawing a mix of criticism and praise.
Some Connect America funding contemplated once policies, standards are set in second phase of proceeding. The FCC is looking for proposals to bring advanced telecommunications services to rural Americans... and it’s planning on providing governmental cash to worthy proponents. Show More Summary
CenturyLink is giving customers in North Carolina's Halifax and Northampton counties up to 40 Mbps of broadband bandwidth thanks to an FCC Federal Communications Connect America Fund (CAF) grant.
The FCC has allocated a total of $255 million in grants from its Connect America Fund Phase I (CAF-I), enabling five telcos to deliver broadband access to over 400,000 rural homes and businesses in 41 states.
The FCC is making $32 million in Connect America Fund grants available to enable service providers in Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Alaska to bring broadband service to over 42,000 "underserved" homes and businesses