WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission today authorized more than $6.7 million in funding over ten years to expand rural broadband in Oklahoma. These investments will connect over 2,400 unserved rural homes and businesses in Oklahoma.
“Today’s announcement is another important step in our efforts to close the digital divide and connect rural residents of Oklahoma with the economic, healthcare, and educational opportunities made possible by high-speed broadband,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “In my travels around the country—including to Oklahoma—I’ve had the opportunity to see firsthand how funding provided through the FCC’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction is having a positive impact on rural communities. And the funding we are approving today will build on that success as we connect more rural Americans with digital opportunity.”
Nationwide, the FCC today announced more than $240 million in funding for rural broadband across 9 states. This represents the ninth wave of support from the 2018 successful Connect America Fund Phase II auction. Providers must build out to 40% of the assigned homes and businesses in the areas won in Oklahoma within three years. Buildout must increase by 20% in each subsequent year, until complete buildout is reached at the end of the sixth year.
Below is a complete list by county of the companies receiving support, the number of homes and businesses served (locations), the amount of support over 10 years and the minimum download/upload speeds to be provided:
Craig - Wisper ISP, Inc, 100/20 Mbps, $1,852,906, 609
Delaware - Wisper ISP, Inc, 100/20 Mbps, $225,771, 153
Mayes - Wisper ISP, Inc, 100/20 Mbps, $270,763, 173
Nowata - Wisper ISP, Inc, 100/20 Mbps, $3,670,475, 1,144
Ottawa - Wisper ISP, Inc, 100/20 Mbps, $770,175, 364
In total, the Connect America Fund 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 FCC has now authorized nine waves of funding, and today’s action brings total authorized funding to $107.6 million in Oklahoma and over $1.4 billion nationwide, which is expanding connectivity to 59,645 homes and businesses in Oklahoma and 627,097 nationwide. Funding rounds will continue until the authorization process is complete.