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Chairman's Statement on Frontier's Connect America Fund Announcement

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Released: July 9, 2012

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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

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July 9, 2012
Neil Grace, 202-418-0506
Email: neil.grace@fcc.gov

STATEMENT FROM FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI ON

FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS’ CONNECT AMERICA FUND ANNOUNCEMENT

“Last year, the Commission’s unanimous vote to create the Connect America Fund put the nation on the
path to connect all Americans to high-speed Internet, without increasing overall funding. This is the most
significant effort ever undertaken to connect rural America to broadband. For the first time, universal
service funding will be targeted to unserved homes, businesses, and anchor institutions in rural areas, and
companies will be held accountable for building out infrastructure.
“Today’s announcement by Frontier Communications represents the beginning of that new deployment:
approximately 200,000 unserved rural Americans will get broadband for the first time. In today’s
economy, access to broadband means access to jobs and economic opportunity, in addition to better
education and healthcare. I applaud Frontier Communications for stepping up to the plate with its
commitment to accelerate broadband build-out by increasing private investment in rural communities, in
partnership with the Connect America Fund.”
-FCC-

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