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Released: October 31, 2013

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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).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
October 31, 2013
Mark Wigfield, 202-418-0253
E-mail: Mark.Wigfield@fcc.gov

OVER $32 MILLION AUTHORIZED TO EXPAND BROADBAND ACCESS IN RURAL

PUERTO RICO, HAWAII AND ALASKA FROM CONNECT AMERICA FUND

Washington, D.C

NEWS
Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th Street, S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D. C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

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).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
October 31, 2013
Mark Wigfield, 202-418-0253
E-mail: Mark.Wigfield@fcc.gov

OVER $32 MILLION AUTHORIZED TO EXPAND BROADBAND ACCESS IN RURAL

PUERTO RICO, HAWAII AND ALASKA FROM CONNECT AMERICA FUND

Washington, D.C

. – Over $32 million in funding to provide new broadband access to over 42,000
unserved homes and businesses in Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Alaska has been authorized from the Federal
Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund, connecting over 100,000 people who lack
service.
The Connect America Fund is part of the FCC’s initiative to bring broadband access to rural
communities. The $32 million authorized today represents a jump-start to bring broadband to these areas
from the Connect America Fund. This is the first in a series of authorizations designed to extend
broadband to as many as 600,000 households and businesses in 44 states and one territory in the near
future.
“Broadband is essential in today’s society and is poised to deliver tremendous benefits to rural America,
eliminating the need to travel long distances for educational opportunities, to access quality health care,
and to tap global markets,” said Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn. “I’m delighted we can provide an
infusion of funds to connect communities in Alaska, Puerto Rico and Hawaii to jobs and other
opportunities as we work with our partners in the private sector to build out broadband networks that will
reach all Americans.”
Currently about 15 million U.S. residents, mostly rural, lack access to fixed broadband. Specifics about
today’s authorization are as follows:
 Puerto Rico (territory-wide): $31.6 million to reach 40,736 homes and businesses
 Hawaii (Hawaii County): $1 million to reach 1,317 homes and businesses
 Alaska (Yukon-Koyukuk Borough): $174,000 to reach 316 homes and businesses
A map showing these areas is available at http://www.fcc.gov/maps/connect-america-fund-phase-i-round-
two. More details about today’s funding are available in a Public Notice released today at
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-13-2103A1.pdf. And more information about the
Connect America Fund is available at http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/connecting-america.

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