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FCC to Finish Rules Jan. 30 for $20 Billion Rural Broadband Fund

Jan. 8, 2020, 10:25 PM

The FCC will vote Jan. 30 to adopt final rules for a program to distribute more than $20 billion to help telecom providers expand broadband internet connections in rural areas.

The funds would be doled out over the next decade to areas where the Federal Communications Commission estimates there are about 6 million homes and businesses without internet service. Electric cooperatives, phone companies, cable companies, and satellite internet providers will all be eligible for the funds.

The program, called the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, “would be the biggest step the FCC has taken to date to close the digital divide,”...

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