Tech Startups: The FCC continues to close the digital divide with $121M in funding to connect and expand broadband internet to rural homes and businesses in 16 US states

EXCERPT: “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced it has authorized over $121 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to 36,579 unserved rural homes and businesses in 16 states, representing the fourth wave of support from last year’s successful Connect America Fund Phase II auction. Providers will begin receiving funding later this month. This is FCC’s fourth round of  funding from Connect America Fund Auction that started this month. In a Twitter post, the agency said: ‘The @FCC is continuing to help close the #digitaldivide. Last month, we announced over $121M in funding to connect tens of thousands of American homes and businesses in 16 states, from rural Pennsylvania to Wyoming.’ ‘As we continue to authorize funds to expand broadband in rural America, I am excited to see the benefits for rural residents who live all across the country, from Tribal lands in Wyoming to mountain communities in Appalachia, from the Great Plains to the Pacific Northwest, and from the Texas Panhandle to northern Minnesota,’ said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. ‘This round of funding is yet another step toward closing the digital divide, providing access to digital opportunity to over 36,000 more unserved rural homes and businesses.'” FULL STORY: