The FCC has released a map highlighting who precisely is going to be aided by the agency's second round of broadband stimulus funding under the Connect America program. Providers in 44 States and Puerto Rico had requested over $385 million from the fund, and the map highlights the up to 600,000 homes and businesses that will be connected to broadband for the first time under the program. Many of the companies that had refused funding in round one of the program accepted funding this time thanks to looser regulatory oversight and slower provisioned speed standards.
At&t now has a POTS bundling requirement on their Uverse offerings. I.E. Tack on an extra $30+/mo to any price they may advertise (very small print) offer.. No thanks at&t find someone else to victimize. .
Looks like Maryland got $130 million a few years ago to lay fiber. Like in my state it seems the millions spent are basically for an internet "bridge to nowhere", since government won't interfere with the monopolies
New Mexico Really? The areas shown are Indian reservation, towns that don't care or very impoverished areas. There is no money to be made in these places. One of the cities is Sante Fe New Mexico. Even if the funding to bring it up to broadband it will take an act of God to past the politics to build and deploy. In the last round of funding one of our competitors was funded, now out of business.
Looks like Windstream requested money for an area served by a CLEC and a WISP. And slightly further up, it looks like Windstream requested money in an area where they don't even offer service and are not the incumbent. Interesting.
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Duramax08 To The Moon Premium join:2008-08-03 San Antonio, TX
I noticed this too. I see alot of wind stream on the texas map1. Never heard of them before.
It appears Jackson County, MI is in the second round. Frontier went through approx. 2-3 years ago and we got 6mbps DSL. While I'd be drooling if they made use of the FIOS under the road, there are hundreds of developed housing areas thAt desperately need service. I've had several in the area contact me through the forum (small world!) and they are just outside the covered areas. These are newer homes in established areas.
Frontier needs to pick up those left high and dry before speeding up and/or expanding existing connections. I can't be sure if CFA funds were used then, but any in the second round needs to be used filling in the gaps.
Nothing doing in my county... A couple of slivers in a couple of neighboring counties by CenturyLink and FairPoint. In Georgia, Windstream must be in dire need of funds... Sheesh. It looks like every Windstream County is getting money.
Story after story, many of which can be found on these forums, provide snapshots into the sorry state of Frontier in WV. When I learned Frontier would be buying all of Verizon's territory here in MI I cringed. The install process was one long everything that could go wrong DID, but actual service (dry loop) of DSL has been very good.
I hope WV customers see improvement ASAP. They've been dealing with horrible service for a long time.