Frontier Communications will be spending more than $283 million to deploy broadband to more than 650,000 rural locations in 28 states.
The development follows Frontier Communications’ decision to accept $283 million funding from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for supporting the phase II of the annual Connect America Fund (CAF).
“CAF Phase II is a critical next step in delivering broadband service to rural America. We reviewed the FCC’s CAF Phase II rules and offers and look forward to partnering with the FCC to achieve our common goal of increased broadband access for rural America,” said Dan McCarthy, president and CEO of Frontier Communications.
In 2012 and 2013, the FCC, the American telecom regulator, issued CAF Phase I, interim support for deployment of broadband access to unserved and underserved locations across the U.S. Frontier participated in that round of funding and invested $133 million of CAF Phase I funding in addition to its own capital to deploy or upgrade broadband service to nearly 200,000 locations.
Frontier Communications has invested in broadband infrastructure over the past four years and offered broadband service to more than 1.1 million new households. Frontier has also made significant investments in broadband speeds and services for its customers.