CenturyLink could receive a new $90 million round of funding from the Federal Communications Commission to deploy broadband service in rural and high-cost areas under the agency’s Connect America Fund program.
The company would combine the CAF phase I, round 2 money with its own investments to deliver broadband Internet to rural areas over the next three years, CenturyLink said Wednesday.
Nearly 100 members of Congress urged the FCC earlier in 2013 to allocate that portion of the CAF funds for broadband service in rural America.
“CenturyLink is delighted to bring broadband to thousands of rural Americans who live in areas where the cost of providing broadband service would be economically prohibitive without public-private programs like the Connect America Fund,” said Steve Davis, CenturyLink executive vice president for public policy and government relations.
In 2012, CenturyLink received $35 million under CAF phase I, round 1 to connect 45,000 homes in rural areas to broadband technology.
The FCC plans to roll out CAF phase II in high-cost areas with $1.8 billion in annual investments, CenturyLink said.