WASHINGTON – More than 6,000 rural homes and businesses in Louisiana currently unserved by high-speed Internet service could get connectivity in the near future.
These homes and businesses are in unserved areas of Louisiana eligible for financial support from the next phase of FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF), which helps offset the high cost of extending broadband service into rural areas.
This includes 38 homes and businesses in Bossier Parish and 137 in Caddo Parish eligible for support from the auction.
A map of the eligible areas can be found here: https://www.fcc.gov/reports-research/maps/caf2-auction-final-areas/
The FCC will be distributing these funds through an innovative “reverse auction,” which is scheduled to launch on July 24.
“Connecting the unconnected in rural America is my top priority,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “I’m excited that our CAF auction will provide opportunities for innovative companies and cooperatives to bridge the digital divide for the Louisiana consumers and small businesses that lack highspeed access today.”
Nationwide, providers will compete for up to $2 billion in support to expand access to broadband to nearly 1 million homes and locations in unserved rural areas over the next decade. The auction will provide opportunities for new entrants to the marketplace, regardless of technology, including phone companies, fixed wireless service providers, satellite providers, cable companies and electric utility broadband providers.
Since 2011, the FCC has targeted more than $9 billion in support for rural broadband expansion to over 4 million homes and small businesses through its Connect America Fund.