Residents of Iowa will soon get higher broadband speeds from Windstream. Windstream, an ISP company has accepted funding from The Connect America Fund worth over $ 175 million to do a rural broadband expansion in 17 states all over the US. The funding from Connect America Fund will help Windstream deliver broadband Internet to over 800,000 residents in various rural areas at download speeds of 10 Mbps and upload speeds of 1 Mbps.
The number of rural homes and businesses to benefit from Windstream’s broadband project in conjunction with the Connect America Fund is 404,000. These homes and businesses are in areas where the cost of deploying broadband is prohibitive hence the helping hand from Connect America Fund. Connect America Fund was created by the Federal Communications Commission to ensure broadband gets to rural areas that have no access to broadband. The fund is working at meeting the government’s target to connect all rural areas that do not have broadband by the year 2020.
FCC Report Shows Deficient Broadband Connections in US Rural Areas
According to a report tabled by the FCC recently, at least one in every three Americans in the rural areas lack access to 10/1 broadband. In the urban areas, only one in a hundred Americans lack access to 10/1 broadband. The gap between Americans that can access good broadband in urban and rural areas has prompted the FCC to come up with the Connect America Fund.
The Connect America Fund is being used by the FCC to minimize the gap when it comes to rural-urban broadband access. The fund provides support to ISPs capable of extending broadband services to rural areas where cost of putting up broadband may be termed as prohibitive. For example, there are some areas where market force does not justify putting up broadband, but with the support of the fund these areas will soon access broadband Internet. Apart from Windstream another ISP that has received funding from the Connect America Fund to provide broadband to rural areas is Frontier Communications.