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Frontier Communications to improve rural Internet

WILLMAR -- Frontier Communications Corp. accepted $27.5 million from the Connect America Fund to expand and support broadband to more than 40,000 rural Minnesotans.

WILLMAR - Frontier Communications Corp. accepted $27.5 million from the Connect America Fund to expand and support broadband to more than 40,000 rural Minnesotans.
Kandiyohi County is projected to receive $114,635 of the support for expanded broadband deployment by Frontier. Yellow Medicine and Renville counties will receive $725,000 and $276,000, respectively. Other area counties are also expected to benefit. The money will provide ongoing support for rural networks in Frontier’s service areas that are capable of delivering broadband speeds of at least 10 megabits per second for downloads and 1 Mbps for uploads.
“This is a major step forward in the FCC’s efforts to ensure that all Americans have access to modern broadband a Frontier Communications Corp. nd the opportunities it provides, no matter where they live,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said.
According to the FCC’s latest Broadband Progress Report, nearly one in three rural Americans lack access to 10/1 Mbps broadband, compared to one in 100 urbanites.
The Connect America Fund was created in 2011 to expand broadband in rural areas where market forces alone can’t support expansion, according to a news release.
The Connect America Fund was created in 2011 to expand broadband in rural areas where market forces alone can’t support expansion according to an FCC news release. Since its inception, it has provided $438 million to expand broadband to nearly 1.7 million people.

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