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FCC Offers $10 billion for Broadband Network Upgrades

By Tom Koutsky

Today, the FCC formally offered the nation’s largest telephone companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Frontier, CenturyLink, FairPoint, and Windstream, $10 billion in subsidies to offer broadband service to over 4 million homes and businesses that are currently unserved. Today’s offer is a critical step in “Phase II” of the Connect America Fund, which will subsidize the construction of 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up broadband networks in these areas over the next six years. These providers have until August 27, 2015 (120 days) to accept or reject the FCC’s offer on a state-by-state basis. If they reject these offers, the FCC will begin to award...

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FCC Increases Broadband Speed Target

By Connected Nation

Yesterday, the FCC voted to increase the national broadband availability target from 4 Mbps down/1 Mbps up to 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up fixed. It could mean that faster Internet speeds will be coming sooner to communities across the nation.  Our efforts in Connected Nation states has brought quality broadband to more homes, schools, and businesses -- but as the graph below shows, there is still work to be done to meet these new goals.  Affordable, fast, Internet is bringing new opportunities and prosperity to underserved areas across the nation, and our teams are leading the way to bridge the digital divide.  Want to learn more...

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Join Connected Tennessee for FCC RBE Webinar October 9

By Jennifer Cobb

The FCC will host a webinar on Thursday, October 9 at 2 pm EDT. The webinar will provide information on completing Form 5610, which must be filed in order to apply for Rural Broadband Experiment funds. To register for this webinar, interested parties should e-mail [email protected] For more information on the Rural Broadband Experiments, please see the Connected Tennessee Rural Broadband Experiments page. Please reach out to [email protected] with any inquiries or comments regarding this information. Looking forward to a great webinar and hope you'll be able to join!

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FCC Announces Rural Broadband Experiments Webinar

By Jennifer Cobb

Recently, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing a webinar to aid Rural Broadband Experiment applicants in filling out Form 5610.  This form, recently approved by the Office of Management and Budget, will be used by applicants interested in bidding on the Rural Broadband Experiments. The webinar is scheduled for Monday, September 29, 2014, at 2 p.m. EDT. More webinar information and application form details will be made available by the FCC shortly. Future questions are encouraged as Connected Tennessee continues to willingly assist any interested applicants. Please take a look at Connected Tennessee’s Rural Broadband Experiment...

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