FCC Authorizes Over $5.2 Million for Broadband Deployment to Rural MS

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The FCC Wednesday authorized $5,206,701 in funding over ten years for Viasat Carrier Services, Inc., to deploy broadband to 13,819 rural homes and businesses in Mississippi. The funding represents the 15th wave of support from the 2018 Connect America Fund Phase II auction.

Viasat must use this funding to provide service with a minimum speed of 25/3 Mbps. In total, the Connect America Fund Phase II Auction in 2018 allocated $1.488 billion in support over the next ten years to expand broadband to more than 700,000 unserved rural homes and small businesses in 45 states.

The action brings total authorized funding to $1,476,554,824, which is expanding connectivity to 702,745 homes and businesses nationwide. Funding rounds will continue until the authorization process is complete.

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.

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