The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says everything is ready to commit $ 800 million to help fund improved broadband coverage in rural areas across the country.
The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund will donate the money to six providers, who will then connect more than 350,000 locations in 19 states.
The states that received the most funding are Illinois, Arizona, and Iowa.
Broadband Internet in the US
The FCC has not identified any specific technology that claims the premises will be connected via a fiber-optic connection, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), which uses a mobile network to provide fixed-quality connectivity, or a hybrid of the two.
“This funding will connect more households across the country to high-speed broadband as part of our ongoing work to bridge the digital divide,” said FCC president Rosenworcel.
“We are confident that these projects can provide high-quality services in currently unsupported areas.”
The latest funding brings the total amount committed to the initiative to over $ 6 billion in 47 different states.
The current minimum standard of broadband Internet access in the US has been set at 25Mbps download and 3Mbps, however the FCC has indicated that this test is no longer sufficient to support the applications Americans need for work, entertainment and everyday life .
It plans to increase the minimum standard to 100 Mbps download speeds and 20 Mbps upload speeds, with the intention of achieving 1 Gbps and 500 Mbps in the future.