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Broadband Infrastructure Program Awardees

Acadiana Planning Commission
ConnectMaine Authority
County of Elko
County of Logan
County of Lumpkin
Government of Guam Department of Administration
Huntingdon County
Missouri Department of Economic Development
North Carolina Global TransPark Authority
Sabine County
Scott County Fiscal Court
State of Mississippi
Washington State Department of Commerce

 

Applicant

Acadiana Planning Commission

Project Title

Acadiana Regional Public/Private Partnership for the Deployment of a Fiber to the Home Network in the Rural Underserved Areas of Acadiana

Awardee

Acadiana Planning Commission, Louisiana

Service Provider(s)

Allen’s TV Cable Service, Inc., dba Allen’s Communications and LUSFiber to accomplish the project.
Project Service Area

Rural areas within Lafayette Acadia Parish, Evangeline Parish, and St. Landry Parish

State

Louisiana

Total Project Cost

$35,263,502.00
Grant Funding

$29,940,612.00

Non-Federal Cost Share

The applicant will provide a cost share of 15.1% for a total of $5,322,890. LUS Fiber will contribute 10% of this cost share amount in cash, and the remainder will be comprised of in-kind matches in facilities and other resources from the Acadiana Planning Commission, the Evangeline Parish Police Jury, and the St. Landry Parish Government.

Project Purpose

The Acadiana Planning Commission, Inc: Acadiana Regional Public/Private Partnership for the Deployment of a Fiber to the Home Network in the Rural Underserved Areas of Acadiana project is a last mile broadband deployment in the Acadiana region of Louisiana that is designed to bring qualified broadband to 22,196 unserved households across the region. This application was submitted by the Acadiana Planning Commission (APC) - made up of the Parish governments of Acadia Parish, LA, Evangeline Parish, LA, and St. Landry Parish, LA - who has entered into an eligible covered partnership with Allen’s TV Cable Service, Inc., dba Allen’s Communications and LUSFiber to accomplish the project.

Activities

This covered partnership is proposing a coordinated fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) initiative that builds off the proposed partners' existing infrastructure to expand service to the highest number of households in adjacent unserved census blocks.

The application prioritizes four main project goals:

  1. Deploy High Speed FTTH Access to residents and businesses in eligible census blocks in northern Acadia Parish, Evangeline Parish, and St. Landry Parish. 
  2. Build a network that can provide 1 Gbps symmetric service with low latency at compeltion and that is easily scalable to meet bandwidth demands of up to 10 Gbps symmetric service over the next decade.
  3. Provide an affordable pricing tier with a minimum service lvel of 30 Mbps symmetrical service at or below $60 per month for low-income households. 
  4. Deliver broadband service with 95% or more of all peak period measurements of network round-trip latency at or below 80 milliseconds.

Allen’s Communication will provide symmetrical broadband speeds of 30 Mbps for $38.95 to 940 Mbps for $169.95 to residential subscribers in its proposed service area. LUSFiber will provide symmetrical broadband 60 Mbps for $57.95 to 10 Gbps for $295.95 to residential subscribers.

Outcomes

The project intends to directly connect 22,196 unserved households, 3,723 unserved businesses, and 46 unserved community anchor institutions with qualifying broadband service. Allen’s Communications will provide broadband service of 30/30 Mbps to 940/940 Mbps to households in the proposed service area of St. Landry’s Parish. LUSFiber will provide broadband service of 60/60 Mbps to 10/10 Gbps to households in the proposed service area of Acadia Parish and Evangeline Parish.

Beneficiaries

The towns that will be served by this project are Evangeline, LA, Acadia Parish, LA, and St. Landry Parish, LA. This project will provide broadband service to 100% of the unserved households in the proposed service area.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

Allen’s Communications and LUSFiber are subrecipients of federal funds for this project. Allen’s will provide fiber to the home to the South and Western sections of St. Landry’s Parish. LUSFiber will provide fiber to the home to Northern Acadia Parish and Evangeline Parish.

 

 

Applicant

ConnectMaine Authority

Project Title

ConnectMaine Authority Statewide Broadband Infrastructure Application 2021

Awardee

ConnectMaine Authority

Service Provider(s)

Internet service providers Consolidated Communications, Axiom Technologies and LCI Fiber Optic Network.
Project Service Area

Rural areas within Lincoln, Knox, Hancock, Franklin, and Somerset County

State

Maine

Total Project Cost

$33,638,916.00
Grant Funding

$28,097,295.00

Non-Federal Cost Share

The applicant will provide a cost share of 10% or more of the cost of each project. The total cost share amount is 16.45%. 
Project Purpose

The ConnectMaine Authority Statewide Broadband Infrastructure project is a last mile broadband deployment in rural Maine that is designed to bring qualifying broadband to 11,746 unserved households across the state. The covered partnership includes the state of Maine (lead applicant), the towns of Somerville, Washington and Isle Au Haut, and Internet service providers Consolidated Communications, Axiom Technologies and LCI Fiber Optic Network. The covered partnership will carry out seven projects in rural areas of the state. 

Activities

The activities of the projects are:  

  • The LCI/Jefferson project will extend FTTH service to 100% of all addresses in the town of Jefferson. LCI will extend its existing fiber optic transmission backbone to feed a central office to be built in Jefferson as a distribution hub. The project will provide broadband service from 50/10 Mbps at $49.95 to 100/100 Mbps at $109.95.   
  • The Axiom/Somerville project will deploy Adtran fiber optic equipment in Sommerville to bring a dedicated fiber connection to each home and business. The project will provide broadband service from 25/25 Mbps at $54.99 to 1000/1000 Mbps at $169.99. 
  • The Axiom/Isle Au Haut project will deploy Adtran fiber optic equipment to Isle Au Haut, a small island off the coast of Stonington. The project will construct a 100’ free standing tower on the island with a central office at its base, from which FTTH will be distributed to each resident of the island at speeds of 25/25 Mbps at $59.99 to 100/100 Mbps at $109.99. 
  • The Axiom/Washington project will deploy Adtran fiber optic equipment in Washington to bring a dedicated fiber connection to each home and business. The project will provide broadband service from 25/25 Mbps at $54.99 to 1000/1000 Mbps at $169.99. 
  • The Consolidated/Blue Hill project will deploy a FTTP XGS-PON network in the Blue Hill Peninsula, serving the towns of Penobscot, Blue Hill, Brooksville, Castine, Sedgwick, Brookline, and a small portion of Stonington. The project will provide broadband service from 50/50 Mbps at $35 to 1/1 Gbps at $70.   
  • The Consolidated/Rangeley Lakes project will deploy a FTTP XGS-PON network in the Rangeley Lakes area of Maine’s Appalachian Mountains, serving the towns of Rangeley, Rangeley Plantation, Dallas Plantation, and Sandy River Plantation. The project will provide broadband service from 50/50 Mbps at $35 to 1/1 Gbps at $70.  
  • The Consolidated/Farmington project will deploy a FTTP XGS-PON network in the Farmington area, serving the towns of Farmington, Temple, New Sharon, Industry, Wilton, Mercer, New Vineyard, Starks, and Strong. The project will provide broadband service from 50/50 Mbps at $35 to 1/1 Gbps at $70. 
Outcomes

All proposed projects in this application are designed to bring gigabit capable fiber based broadband service to unserved addresses within the eligible service areas. Each project will provide service to 100% of unserved addresses in six of the designated service areas and 98.5% of unserved addresses in the seventh service area. These projects will allow residents previously unserved with broadband Internet to participate in the digital economy, to take or retain jobs that permit remote working, to participate in distance learning programs, and to utilize telehealth programs as opposed to driving from their rural communities to regional health care facilities.  

Beneficiaries

In particular, project beneficiaries will include those currently unable to work from home and those currently unable to school at home due to bandwidth constraints. The projects will bridge the digital divide in Maine and allow residents of these towns to participate in the digital economy.  

Subrecipient activities if applicable

All members of the covered partnership are designated as co-applicants and will receive federal funding for this project. The internet service providers, Consolidated Communications, Axiom Technologies, and LCI Fiber Optic Network will deploy broadband networks in their designated service areas.   

 

 

Applicant

County of Elko

Project Title

Elko County's Broadband Partnership with CC Communications for the Spring Creek Area

Awardee

County of Elko, Nevada

Service Provider(s)

CC Communications
Project Service Area

Elko County

State

Nevada

Total Project Cost

$18,375,002.15
Grant Funding

$7,350,000.86

Non-Federal Cost Share

The applicant will provide a 60% cost share of $11,025,001.29. The total amount will be provided by CC Communications, who has also stated that it will provide any additional funding to meet the buildout requirements of this project should they exceed the requested funding amount.
Project Purpose/Type

The County of Elko: Elko County’s Broadband Partnership with CC Communications for the Spring Creek Area project is a last mile broadband deployment in Spring Creek, Nevada that is designed to bring qualified broadband to 5,568 unserved households, 169 businesses, and 21 anchor institutions. This application was submitted by Elko County, Nevada who has entered into an eligible covered partnership with CC Communications to accomplish the project.

Activities

The project intends to utilize CC Communications’ existing network core, central office, middle mile, fiber, and conduit that is currently deployed in the region to directly connect 5,568 unserved locations to qualifying broadband service. CC Communications proposes to expand on its already deployed XGS-PON FTTH network that is serving City of Elko customers and passing hundreds of locations. It would use this grant to deploy into the rural adjacent area to which CC Communications has an active FTTH construction project. Residents will receive access to broadband speeds of 100/100 Mbps ($49.99/mo.), 500/500Mbps ($99.99/mo.) up to 1 Gbps/1 Gbps ($149.99/mo.).

The applicant requests an extension of 2 years, for a total of period of performance of 36 months, due to labor shortages and the area’s winter weather conditions.

Outcomes

Overall, this project will bring broadband service to 5,568 unserved households, 169 businesses, and 21 community anchor institutions in Elko County.

Beneficiaries

The rural residents of Elko County will benefit from this project. This area has seen a recent increase in residential lots while suffering from a lack of service businesses and reliable broadband service.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

CC Communications will receive all funds and assume responsibility for construction, installation, maintenance, and operation of the network.

 

Applicant

County of Logan

Project Title

Logan & Mingo Counties Fiber to the Premises Project

Awardee

County of Logan, West Virginia

Service Providers(s)

GigaBeam Networks LLC
Project Service Area

Rural areas within Logan and Mingo Counties

State

West Virginia

Total Project Cost

$25,126,779.52

Grant Funding

$19,678,779.52

Non-Federal Cost Share

The applicant will provide a 21.68% cost share of $5,448,000. The total amount will be provided by GigaBeam.
Project Purpose/Type

The Logan & Mingo Counties Fiber to the Premises project is a last mile broadband deployment in Logan County, West Virginia and Mingo County, West Virginia that is designed to bring qualified broadband to 12,859 unserved households across the region. This application was submitted by the Logan County Commission who has entered into an eligible covered partnership with the Mingo County Commission and GigaBeam Networks, LLC to accomplish the project.

Activities

Appalachian Electric Power (AEP) is investing $61.3 million in constructing over 400 miles of middle-mile fiber to modernize its grid for the electrical service AEP provides in Logan and Mingo Counties. With NTIA Broadband Infrastructure Program funds, GigaBeam intends to work with Logan and Mingo Counties to construct a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network utilizing this AEP middle-mile fiber and an additional 83 miles in fiber extensions that will establish highspeed broadband access for nearly 13,000 unserved locations in Logan and Mingo Counties. The proposed FTTP network will utilize XGS-PON (10 Gbps Symmetrical Passive Optical Network) technology to offer four speed tiers ranging from 100 Mbps symmetrical at $59 up to 1 Gbps symmetrical at $129. The project intends to directly connect 12,859 unserved households, 218 businesses and 195 community anchor institutions.

Outcomes

This project will provide high speed broadband access to 12,859 unserved residences, 218 unserved businesses, 16 unserved educational institutions, 32 unserved government buildings, 6 unserved health care facilities, 11 unserved utility sites, and 130 unserved churches in Logan and Mingo Counties. Highspeed broadband access will improve education and workforce development for the residents of these counties, spur growth in outdoor recreation and heritage tourism, and promote economic recovery from the impacts of coal closures and COVID-19. 

Beneficiaries

Logan and Mingo County residents who have faced barriers to broadband access will benefit from this project. It will expand access to online education, job training, remote work opportunities, and telemedicine for residents who otherwise must travel long distances for college courses, job training, and medical treatment. It will also boost the tourism industry in the county, including the Hatfield-McCoy Trails. The project will support local farms and agricultural entrepreneurs, creating new direct-to-producer markets and agricultural tourism opportunities. Furthermore, the project will improve public safety as key emergency communications centers in the area currently lack reliable broadband access. 

Subrecipient activities if applicable

GigaBeam is the subrecipient of federal funding for this project and will receive the total amount of funds requested. GigaBeam will serve as the ISP in this project, assuming primary responsibility for engineering, constructing, installing, maintaining, and all ownership of the new FTTP system to the unserved premises in the project area. GigaBeam will construct the FTTP plant within the budget provided by the NTIA grant application, provide broadband service with a minimum of 100 Mbps symmetrical service to all unserved sites, and provide financial status and performance information to the Region 2 Planning & Development Council to meet the NTIA reporting requirements. 

 

Applicant

County of Lumpkin

Project Title

Broadband Infrastructure Build Out in Lumpkin County, GA

Awardee

County of Lumpkin, Georgia

Service Provider(s)

Windstream
Project Service Area

Lumpkin County

State

Georgia

Total Project Cost

$12,795,448.00
Grant Funding

$8,154,539.00

Non-Federal Cost Share

The applicant will provide a 36.27% cost share of $4,640,909. The total amount will be provided by Windstream.
Project Purpose/Type

The Broadband Infrastructure Build Out in Lumpkin County, GA project is a last-mile infrastructure broadband service that will deploy fiber optic broadband service in Lumpkin County, Georgia. This application was submitted by Lumpkin County who has entered into a covered partnership with Windstream to accomplish the project.

Activities

Windstream plans to leverage its existing network infrastructure, engineering design experience, construction management, and operational experience to deploy a future proof Fiber to the Premises solution in Lumpkin County. This last mile access network will include four major components: a Multi-Service Access Node, an Optical Line Terminal, an Optical Network Terminal, and a Passive Optical Network. Windstream will provide consumer broadband speeds from 50/50 Mbps at $60 to 1/1 Gbps at $90.  

Outcomes

This project will serve 5,448 households across Lumpkin County, GA, as well as 193 businesses and 13 community anchor institutions within the proposed area.

Beneficiaries

The residents, businesses, and anchor institutions in Lumpkin County will benefit from this project. They have been largely unserved due to the rurality, inadequate existing communication infrastructure, low population density and topography of the region.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

Windstream will be the subrecipient of federal funds for this project. It will be responsible for broadband deployment activities in Lumpkin County.

 

Applicant

Government of Guam Department of Administration

Project Title

Guam Broadband Infrastructure Program

Awardee

Government of Guam Department of Administration

Service Provider(s)

PTI Pacifica Inc. (IT&E) and TeleGuam Holdings, LLC (Guam Telephone Company (GTA))
Project Service Area

Southern Half of the Island of Guam

State

Guam

Total Project Cost

$12,911,686.71
Grant Funding

$12,770,692.18

Non-Federal Cost Share

The applicant will provide a 1.09% cost share of $140,994.53. This amount will be provided by GTA to be used for Project 2.
Project Purpose/Type

The Government of Guam Department of Administration: Guam Broadband Infrastructure Program project is a middle mile and last mile broadband deployment in the territory of Guam that is designed to bring qualified broadband to 10,000 unserved households across the region. This application was submitted by the government of Guam, which has entered into an eligible covered partnership with PTI Pacifica Inc. (IT&E) and TeleGuam Holdings, LLC (Guam Telephone Company (GTA)) to accomplish the project.

Activities

This project consists of two parts: 

  1. Project 1: Guam Southern Ring Buried Fiber Optic Cable and 5G Project, led by IT&E, intends to construct 117 km (approx. 72.7 miles) of 144 strand buried fiber optic cable and 26 5G cell sites along the major routes in Southern Guam in a ring architecture to provide survivable broadband infrastructure and 5G broadband internet service to directly connect 186 currently unserved and underserved subscribers with minimum speeds of 25/5 Mbps at $80 and maximum speeds of 100/6 Mbps at $175. Additionally, these two interconnect rings will provide the population of over 39,000 residents and 10,000 households with survivable middle mile and drops. 
  2. Project 2: Broadband Infrastructure Program to Provide Low Latency to Guam Users, led by GTA, will acquire capacity to connect to Guam’s closest transit hub located in the Equinix DataCenter Ty2 in Tokyo and then connect to content providers giving customers a RTT of 40 ms. This project will deliver low latency service of ~40ms to the entire territory of Guam, including all businesses, federal government sectors, and residents. In additional, all current GTA customers will have access to the lower latency. GTA currently offers retail broadband service from 25/3 Mbps at $40 to 100/10 Mbps at $100. 
Outcomes

Project 1: Guam Southern Ring Buried Fiber Optic Cable and 5G Project aims to improve service and provide access to Guam residents and those in the southern region of the island. With improved access to broadband, these residents will be able to obtain guidance and information on the COVID-19 pandemic, information on testing and vaccination, and information on access to benefits, job opportunities, and other information. Project 2: Broadband Infrastructure Program to Provide Low Latency to Guam Users aims to deliver low latency service to GovGuam and to its customers to improve their access to live content needed for telehealth and educational programs and provide access to more cloud content providers. This latency reduction will enable the entire community to experience vast improvement to critical access to telemedicine, remote work, improve access to remote education, increased access to the outside world via news and critical weather updates, and enable the local government to utilities cloud infrastructure and services to create an optimal environment for economic development. 

Beneficiaries

Part 1: Guam Southern Ring Buried Fiber Optic Cable and 5G Project will serve residents, businesses, and anchor institutions in Southern Guam. This part of Guam includes less than 25% of the population of Guam but encompasses over 50% of the land area. Over 39,000 residents and 10,000 households will be served by this project. Project 2: Broadband Infrastructure Program to Provide Low Latency to Guam Users will initially benefit GovGuam and at least 63,000 broadband subscribers on the island who currently encounter latency of 112 to 158 ms for all traffic that routes off the remote island.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

The applicant lists IT&E as the provider for project 1 with a total cost of $11,438,659.07. For project 2, GTA will receive $ 1,526,486.33 and will provide $169,542.83 in matching funds. 

 

Applicant

Huntingdon County

Project Title

Rural Broadband Infrastructure Expansion in the Alleghenies

Awardee

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

Service Provider(s)

Upward Broadband, Crowsnest Broadband, and Alleghenies Broadband, Inc.
Project Service Area

Rural areas of Huntingdon, Bedford, Fulton, Mifflin, Juniata, and Franklin counties.

State

Pennsylvania

Total Project Cost

$22,736,861.38
Grant Funding

$20,463,175.24

Non-Federal Cost Share

The applicant will provide a total cost share of 10% in an amount of $2,273,686.14
Project Purpose/Type

The Rural Broadband Infrastructure Expansion in the Alleghenies project, led by applicant Huntingdon County, proposes to deploy last mile fixed wireless service to Huntingdon, Bedford, Fulton, Mifflin, Juniata, and Franklin counties in the Southern Alleghenies region of Pennsylvania. The collaborative partnership includes Huntingdon, Bedford, and Fulton Counties, as well as three Internet service providers: Upward Broadband, Crowsnest Broadband, and Alleghenies Broadband, Inc. 

Activities

The project includes the construction of new infrastructure to support an expansion of fixed wireless service to unserved and underserved residents and businesses. All proposed census blocks will have access to a minimum of 25/3 Mbps services (i.e., qualifying broadband service). Every household in the proposed service area will have access to 25/3 Mbps service.  The applicant is also offering a lower-speed plan, which was identified as a potentially unallowable cost by NTIA staff during Programmatic Review, and the applicant was required to cure its application.  In its cured application, the applicant clarified that it will only use BIP funds to provide qualifying broadband service.  The one service plan it proposes with a speed under 25/3 Mbps does not add any additional equipment or expenses to the costs shown in the application.

In total, the project will result in the construction of 30 new towers and equipment fit ups to 16 existing tower sites to deliver fixed wireless technology to 7,261 unserved households at speeds of 10/2 Mbps to 150/45 Mbps. By county, the project includes the construction of 10 new towers and 4 equipment fit ups in Bedford County, construction of 9 new towers and 9 equipment fit ups in Huntingdon County, construction of 8 new towers and 3 equipment fit ups in Fulton County, and construction of 3 new towers in Mifflin, Juniata, and Franklin Counties. 

Crowsnest will provide broadband service from 12/10 Mbps at $54/month to 150/45 Mbps at $169/month to residential customers. Upward Broadband will provide broadband service from 10/12 Mbps at $49.95/month to 100/20 Mbps at $299.95/month to residential customers.

Outcomes

This project will offer reliable, high quality broadband service to residents, businesses, and anchor institutions in the six counties served in the south-central Pennsylvania region, particularly rural communities. In total, broadband service will be provided to 7,261 unserved households and 26,943 unserved individuals across the six counties served by this project. By county, the project will connect 2,103 unserved households in Bedford County, 2,979 in Huntingdon County, 1,229 in Fulton County, and 950 in Mifflin County. Structure and address point data was not made available for Franklin and Juniata Counties. 

Beneficiaries

The unserved populations in the predominantly rural areas served by this project will receive access to broadband service. By county, the project will serve 57.9% of the total unserved population in Bedford County, 63.6% in Huntingdon County, 73.8% in Fulton County, and 73.9% in Mifflin County. 

Subrecipient activities if applicable

Representatives from Alleghenies Broadband, Upward Broadband, and Crowsnest Broadband are listed as subrecipients of federal funds for this project. These Internet service providers will deploy the fixed wireless network in the service areas. 

 

Applicant

Missouri Department of Economic Development

Project Title

2021 Missouri's NTIA Covered Partnership

Awardee

Missouri Department of Economic Development

Service Provider(s)

Boycom Cablevision (Butler County), Chariton Valley Communications (Shelby, Marion, and Monroe Counties), Columbus Telephone Company (Jasper County), Gascosage Electric Cooperative (Pulaski County), Gateway Infrastructure (St. Charles & Lincoln Counties), Green Hills Telephone Company (Livingston County), Le-Ru Telephone Company (McDonald County), Socket Telecom LLC (Boone County), and Spectrum Mid-America LLC (St. Charles and St. Louis Counties). This project was designed to bring qualifying broadband to 13,094 unserved households with up to 1/1 Gbps service.

Project Service Area

Rural areas within Butler, Marion, Shelby, Monroe, Jasper, Pulaski, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis, Livingston, McDonald, and Boone Counties

State

Missouri

Total Project Cost

$67,346,994.47
Grant Funding

$42,241,491.12

Non-Federal Cost Share

Seven of the nine Internet Service Providers in this project have committed to cost shares for portions of their projects. The total cost share is 37%, a total amount of $25,105,503.35.

Project Purpose/Type

The State of Missouri Department of Economic Development project is a last mile, fiber deployment across 12 counties:  Butler, Marion, Shelby, Monroe, Jasper, Pulaski, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis, Livingston, McDonald, and Boone. This application was submitted by the State of Missouri Department of Economic Development, who has entered into an eligible partnership with nine ISP companies. The project has been separated by the ISP companies that are servicing specific counties: Boycom Cablevision (Butler County), Chariton Valley Communications (Shelby, Marion, and Monroe Counties), Columbus Telephone Company (Jasper County), Gascosage Electric Cooperative (Pulaski County), Gateway Infrastructure (St. Charles & Lincoln Counties), Green Hills Telephone Company (Livingston County), Le-Ru Telephone Company (McDonald County), Socket Telecom LLC (Boone County), and Spectrum Mid-America LLC (St. Charles and St. Louis Counties). This project was designed to bring qualifying broadband to 13,094 unserved households with up to 1/1 Gbps service.

Activities

The activities of each project are: 

  • The Boycom Cablevision project will perform new build to Stringtown in rural western Butler County. The project will serve 230 households, 18 businesses, and 2 community anchor institutions. The finished new build will host Fiber to the Home (FTTH) at speeds from 50 Mbps-1,000 Gbps ($69.95) to 1 Gbps-2,000 Gbps ($159.95). 
  • The Chariton Valley Communications- Clarence Zone 1 & 2 will deploy fiber optic broadband facilities to each location in Clarence, Missouri providing symmetrical broadband service from 100 Mbps ($47) to 1 Gbps ($97). The project will serve 73 households and 2 businesses.
  • The Chariton Valley Communications- Hannibal Zones 1 & 3 project will deploy fiber optic broadband facilities to each location in Hannibal, Missouri providing symmetrical broadband service from 100 Mbps ($47) to 1 Gbps ($97). The project will serve 68 households and 4 businesses.  
  • The Chariton Valley Communications- Monroe City project will deploy fiber optic broadband facilities to each location in the area in and around Monroe City in Monroe County providing symmetrical broadband service from 100 Mbps ($47) to 1 Gbps ($97). The project will serve 45 households and 5 businesses.
  • The Chariton Valley Communications- Palmyra Zones 1-4 project will deploy fiber optic broadband facilities to each location in Palmyra, Missouri located in Marion County, providing symmetrical broadband service from 100 Mbps ($47) to 1 Gbps ($97). The projects will serve 176 households, 10 businesses, and 2 community anchor institutions across the four zones. 
  • The Columbus Telephone Company project will construct forty-one mainline miles of fiber, OSP construction, electronics, install, cutover, and fiber drops to provide 50/50 Mbps ($50) to 1/1 Gbps ($84) broadband service with 4 ms latency in the city of Carl Junction, Missouri. The project will serve 3,105 households, 99 businesses, and 16 community anchor institutions.
  • The Gascosage Electric Company project will complete a FTTH expansion south of Dixon, Missouri to bring 1 Gbps symmetrical fiber internet utilizing Gigabit Passive Optical Network with 6 ms of latency to the area. Gascosage will provide symmetrical service of 100 Mbps ($59.99) to 1 Gbps ($99.99). The project will serve 719 households and 35 businesses.
  • The Gateway Infrastructure project will deploy FTTH broadband service to Argentville, Josephville, Redemption Ranch, St. Paul, and Sunrise Park, MO to provide symmetrical service of 250 Mbps ($65) to 1 Gbps ($90) with less than 10 ms latency. The project will serve approximately 4,731 households and 121 businesses.
  • The Green Hills Telephone Company project will deploy FTTH in the areas east of Chillicothe, MO to provide broadband service of 50/25 Mbps ($60) to 1 Gbps/200 Mbps ($150). The project will serve 295 households, 6 businesses, and 1 community anchor institutions. 
  • The Le-Ru Telephone Company project will deliver FTTP over buried fiber facilities to offer speeds of 50/50 Mbps ($50) to 1/1 Gbps ($84) in the southeastern area of McDonald County. The project will serve 215 households and 6 businesses. 
  • The Socket Telecom LLC project will deploy a FTTP network in the northwest Boone County area to provide broadband service of 1/1 Gbps ($60) with low latency of less than 100 ms. The project will serve 2,941 households, 6 businesses, and 10 Community Anchor Institutions. 
  • The Spectrum Mid-America LLC project will deploy 57.82 miles of fiber optics in an FTTP EPON network in three locations in St. Charles County and St. Louis County to provide broadband speeds of 30/4 Mbps ($17.99) to 1,000/500 Mbps ($134.99). The project will serve 496 households. 

The applicant has requested an extension of the one-year award period to a period not to exceed 30 months (2.5 years) from the initial receipt of grant funds. 

Outcomes

The projects within this application will provide broadband service to a total of 13,094 unserved households, 312 businesses, and 31 community anchor institutions across the state of Missouri. 

Beneficiaries

Populations in predominantly rural areas of Missouri that are currently unserved by qualifying broadband access will be served by this project.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

Boycom Cablevision, Chariton Valley Communications, Columbus Telephone Company, Gascosage Electric Company, Gateway Infrastructure, LLC, Green Hills Communications, Le-Ru Telephone Company, Socket Telecom, Spectrum are subrecipients of federal funds for this project. These broadband providers will deploy high speed internet within their designated service areas. 

 

Applicant

North Carolina Global TransPark Authority

Project Title

Lenoir County FTTH Expansion

Awardee

North Carolina Global TransPark Authority

Service Provider(s)

InfinityLink Communications
Project Service Area

Rural areas within Lenoir County

State

North Carolina

Total Project Cost

$29,985,800.00
Grant Funding

$29,985,800.00

Non-Federal Cost Share

There is no cost share proposed by the applicant.

Project Purpose/Type

Lenoir County fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) Expansion, last mile broadband deployment in the Lenoir County, North Carolina that is designed to bring qualified broadband to 15,256 unserved households across the county. The application was submitted by the North Carolina Global TransPark Authority (NCGTP) who has entered into a covered partnership with AER Cable Construction, Inc., BVJ Company, Inc., InfinityLink Communications, and National Cable Television Cooperative to accomplish the project.

Activities

NCGTP and InfinityLink Communications will build an 898-mile fiber to the home network capable of supporting hybrid GPON/XGSPON technologies. The installation will be 60% aerial and 40% underground. The proposed project will provide 100% of the households within the service area with fiber internet service, offering qualifying residents free service under InfinityLink’s participation in the Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. 

The project plans to make available Internet speeds of up to 10 Gbps symmetrical to subscribers within the Lenoir County area. Initial speeds will be offered from 50 Mbps symmetric for $40.00/month to 10 Gbps symmetric for $400.00/month. 

The applicant has requested a two-year extension of the award period, estimating that the project will be completed in 3 years.

Outcomes

This project proposes to provide service to Lenoir County, by way of 898 miles of fiber to 15,256 residential, 160 community anchor points, 2,191 agricultural, 1,214 commercial, and 186 government points that currently do not have access to fiber optic internet.  The fiber deployment will allow for speeds of 50/50 Mbps to 10Gbps/10Gbps.

Beneficiaries

This project would bring broadband coverage to all areas of Lenoir County, North Carolina that do not currently have access to qualified broadband services. Lenoir County’s businesses, citizens, and students would have access to reliable fiber internet. 

Subrecipient activities if applicable

InfinityLink Communications is a subrecipient of federal funds for this project. InfinityLink will oversee the design, engineering, and implementation of the fiber network. 

 

Applicant

Sabine County, TX

Project Title

Broadband Infrastructure Build Out in Sabine County, TX

Awardee

Sabine County, Texas

Service Provider(s)

Windstream
Project Service Area

Rural areas of Sabine County

State

Texas

Total Project Cost

$17,398,574.00
Grant Funding

$12,700,959.02

Non-Federal Cost Share

The applicant will provide a 27% cost share of $4,697,614.98. The entirety of the cost share will be provided by Windstream.
Project Purpose/Type

The broadband infrastructure project in Sabine County, TX is a last mile broadband build to provide last mile, fiber broadband service to 5,254 households, 158 businesses, and 2 community anchor institutes for a total of 5,414 locations in sections of Sabine County that are unserved. The project is comprised of the covered partnership of Sabine County, the applicant, and Windstream Services, as the supporting ISP.

Activities

Windstream plans to leverage its existing network infrastructure, engineering design experience, construction management, and operational expertise to a deploy a future proof Fiber-to-the-Premise solution in Sabine County. This last-mile access network will include four major components: a Multi-Service Access Node, an Optical Line Terminal, and Optical Network Terminal, and a Passive Optical Network. Windstream will provide consumer broadband speeds from 50/50 Mbps at $60 to 1/1Gbps at $90 to residential customers. 

Outcomes

With the proposed project, the applicant intends to bring high speed connection to a high number of households in rural areas located in Sabine County, TX in a cost-efficient manner through last-mile fiber connection. Residents will be offered broadband speeds of 50/50 Mbps to 1/1Gbps. 

Beneficiaries

The applicant plans to connect 5,254 households, 158 businesses, and 2 institutions to unserved areas in rural Sabine County, TX. Windstream participates in the Emergency Broadband Benefit program to help keep low-income customers connected and provide COVID-19 relief. Eligible households can receive a monthly credit of up to $50.  Eligible customers can also receive aid through the Lifeline Assistance Program, a federal program aimed at helping low-income individuals with the monthly cost of phone or internet.  

Subrecipient activities if applicable

Sabine County will receive all federal funds for this project. The majority of the funding will then flow down to Windstream who is the subrecipient.

 

Applicant

Scott County Fiscal Court

Project Title

Scott County Rural Broadband Expansion Project

Awardee

Scott County Fiscal Court, Kentucky

Service Provider(s)

Spectrum
Project Service Area

Scott County, KY (areas other than Georgetown, the county seat)

State

Kentucky

Total Project Cost

$18,426,999.00
Grant Funding

$3,123,999.00

Non-Federal Cost Share

The applicant will provide an 83% cost share of $15,303,000. The entirety of the cost share will be provided by Spectrum.
Project Purpose/Type

The Scott County Rural Broadband Expansion Project is a last mile project located in Scott County, Kentucky. The lead application is Scott County Fiscal Court, providing project oversight, as well as financial and legal responsibility. The subrecipient ISP is Spectrum, providing construction services to build out, own and maintain network. CTC Technology and Energy will be a collaborator and provide grant consultation services. 

Activities

The project will use Spectrum’s FTTP EPON architecture. The network will be engineered and managed to provide 1 Gbps symmetrical service with latency well below 100 milliseconds. Under the proposed project, last-mile FTTP EPON facilities will be deployed in all unserved, rural areas of Scott County. The fiber expansion will connect to Spectrum’s current “upstream” hub locations, then to Spectrum’s national backbone through a tiered network structure. For the project in Scott County, KY, Spectrum will be able to leverage its pre-existing hub location in Georgetown. 

New customers in the project area will have access to several internet speed options, including Charter’s “Spectrum Internet Assist” with a speed of 30/4 Mbps for $17.99/month up to “Internet Gig” service with a speed of 1/1 Gbps at $134.99/month. 

The applicant requests an extension of one year. The period of performance for this project will be two years.

Outcomes

This project will construct approximately 412.7 fiber route miles to serve 5,351 unserved households in the project area, reaching 100% of currently unserved homes. This project will serve the area with qualifying broadband service of a minimum of 30/4 Mbps up to 1/1 Gbps. 

Beneficiaries

The project will bring 412.7 miles of new fiber to Scott County and connect 5,351 households, 273 businesses, and 14 anchor institutions. 

Subrecipient activities if applicable

The subrecipient of federal funds for this project is Spectrum, the Internet service provider providing construction services to build out and maintain the network.

 

Applicant

State of Mississippi

Project Title

State of Mississippi's Application for NTIA Grant Funding

Awardee

State of Mississippi

Service Provider(s)

(1) Bay Springs Telephone, (2) Bruce Telephone, (3) C Spire, (4) CableSouth Media 3, (5) Franklin Telephone, (6) MaxxSouth, (7) Uplink, and (8) WeConnect Communications.
Project Service Area

Rural areas of northern, southern, central, and western areas of Mississippi; within Smith, Calhoun, Issaquena, Madison, Covington, Lincoln, Benton, Pontotoc, and Coahoma Counties

State

Mississippi

Total Project Cost

$36,329,248.39
Grant Funding

$32,696,322.55

Non-Federal Cost Share

Each broadband provider in the covered partnership will provide a 10% cost share in cash for their projects, amounting to 10% of the total project cost for a total of $3,632,925.84.
Project Purpose/Type

The State of Mississippi's Application for NTIA Grant Funding project is a last mile and middle mile broadband deployment across the state of Mississippi consisting of ten unique projects that are designed to bring qualified broadband to a total of 12,487 unserved households across ten counties. This application was submitted by the Mississippi Public Utilities Staff (MPUS) who has entered into an eligible covered partnership with eight different broadband providers to accomplish the project. The broadband providers in the covered partnership are (1) Bay Springs Telephone, (2) Bruce Telephone, (3) C Spire, (4) CableSouth Media 3, (5) Franklin Telephone, (6) MaxxSouth, (7) Uplink, and (8) WeConnect Communications.  

Activities

The activities of each project are:  

  1. Bay Springs Smith County Community Broadband Project: Project 1 is led by broadband provider Bay Springs Telephone, a subsidiary of Telephone Electronics Corporation, which provides internet to over 6,500 customers in Mississippi. The project will service Smith County (population 16,009). The area will include 754 unserved households, 2 businesses, and 4 anchor institutions. The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) project will construct 126 miles of fiber. Bay Springs will offer broadband service from 250 Mbps at $54.95 to gigabit speed at $79.95. The project plans to leverage existing fiber and continue building a network using a fiber to the home architecture utilizing passive optical networking (PON) technology and topology.
  2. Bruce Telephone Company NTIA Fiber Expansion Project: Project 2 is led by Bruce Telephone, a subsidiary of Fail Telecommunications Corporation, which has decades of experience providing voice and broadband to rural Mississippi. This project will reach rural Calhoun County, serving 1,199 unserved households. The FTTH project will construct 154 miles of buried fiber. Bruce Telephone will offer broadband service of 250 Mbps for $49.99 to be gigabit speed for $79.95. The project plans to leverage existing fiber and continue building a network using a fiber to the home architecture utilizing passive optical networking (PON) technology and topology.
  3. C Spire Issaquena (Maversville): Project 3 is led by broadband provider C Spire, a privately held company that provides wireless telecommunications and all-fiber broadband to nearly 1 million subscribers across 3 states. This project will cover Issaquena County, serving 120 households, 10 businesses, and 2 anchor institutions. The FTTH project will construct 10 miles of fiber. C Spire will offer broadband service at $80.00 for gigabit speed. The project will consist of a mix of middle mile and last mile connectivity of which engineering work and permitting has already begun. ln order for Mayersville to receive connectivity, a middle mile route must be constructed of approximately 10 miles. Once the middle mile is complete, last mile connectivity will be constructed to build out the entire community. The project plans to leverage existing fiber and continue building a network using a fiber to the home architecture utilizing passive optical networking (PON) technology and topology.

  4. C Spire Madison County (Livingston Road): Project 4 is led by broadband provider C Spire, a privately held company that provides wireless telecommunications and all-fiber broadband services to nearly 1 million subscribers across 3 states. The project will cover Madison County, serving 101 households and 32 businesses. The FTTH project will construct 10.7 miles of fiber. C Spire will offer broadband service at $80.00 for gigabit speed. The project plans to leverage existing fiber and continue building a network using a fiber to the home architecture utilizing passive optical networking (PON) technology and topology.
  5. CableSouth Media 3 Collins: Project 5 is led by CableSouth Media 3 Collins, a cable tv company operating in 6 cities in the state of Mississippi. The project will cover Covington County, serving 1,955 households, 201 businesses, and 6 anchor institutions. The project will upgrade 19 mainline miles of a fiber/coaxial network to Docsis 3.1 technology. CableSouth will offer broadband service from 200 Mbps at $50 to gigabit speed at $89.99. Collins will be built on a distribution network will be composed of Passive Optical Network (PON) elements delivered over a Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) distribution plant. These distribution elements will include Gibagit Passive Optical Networking and 10 Gigabit XGS-PON technologies. Last Mile subscribers will be served via PON nodes scaled as appropriate to meet subscriber bandwidth demands.
  6. Franklin Telephone: Project 6 is led by Franklin Telephone Company, which was founded in 1959 and is an ILEC serving approx. 8,000 subscribers across 17 exchanges in parts of 26 rural Mississippi counties. The project will cover Lincoln County, serving 604 households, 4 businesses, and 2 anchor institutions. The FTTH project will construct 68 miles of buried fiber. Franklin Telephone will offer broadband service from 25 Mbps at $40 to gigabit speed at $100. FTC has existing fiber cable and vacant duct facilities along Highways 84 and 98 close to these areas that will be utilized to provide not only connectivity but also ring protection for network resiliency. FTC utilizes transport equipment capable of deploying Active Ethernet service as well as a variety of PON options, e.g. GPON, XGS-PON, etc.
  7. MaxxSouth Broadband/New Albany Light, Gas and Water Rural Broadband: Project 7 is led by MaxxSouth, a telecommunications firm that offers internet, cable tv, and digital phone services. The project will cover Benton County, serving 632 households. The FTTH project will construct 91 miles of new fiber. MaxxSouth will offer broadband service from 25 Mbps at $29.99 to gigabit speed at $74.99. MaxxSouth Broadband will deploy a symmetrical Fiber-to-the-Home Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology with a minimum of up to 1 gig download and 1 gig upload speeds. 
  8. MaxxSouth Broadband/Pontotoc EPA Rural Broadband: Project 8 is led by MaxxSouth, a telecommunications firm that offers internet, cable tv, and digital phone services. The project will cover Pontotoc County, serving 664 households, 6 businesses, and 2 anchor institutions. The FTTH project will construct 91 miles of new fiber. MaxxSouth will offer broadband service from 25 Mbps at $29.99 to gigabit speed at $74.99. MaxxSouth Broadband will deploy a symmetrical Fiber-to-the-Home Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology with a minimum of up to 1 gig download and 1 gig upload speeds. 
  9. Uplink Broadband Deployment to Coahoma: Project 9 is led by Uplink, a wireless internet service provider providing Coahoma County and the surrounding area with unlimited high-speed internet. The project will cover rural Coahoma County. The total county population is 22,124. The project will serve 6,295 households, providing 1,837 households with fiber and 4,458 with wireless. It will also serve 10 anchor institutions. The project will include 90.87 miles of fiber construction. Uplink will offer broadband service from 100 Mbps at $55 to gigabit speed at $100. The provider will be using a mix of technologies, deploying fiber to the home in areas of high density and using wireless technology in areas of low density where the cost becomes excessive to deploy fiber optics. 
  10. We Connect Communications, Inc. Hopewell NTIA Fiber Expansion Project: Project 10 is led by WeConnect, a subsidiary of Fail Telecommunications Corporation. Fail has decades of experience providing telecom services in Mississippi. The project will cover rural Calhoun County, serving 163 households, 1 business, and an unspecified number of anchor institutions. The FTTH project will construct 27 miles of buried fiber. We Connect will provide broadband service from 250 Mbps at $49.95 to gigabit speed at $79.95. The project plans to leverage existing fiber and continue building a network using a fiber to the home architecture utilizing passive optical networking (PON) technology and topology.
Outcomes

Cumulatively, the 10 projects in this application intend to construct 602 new fiber miles and to directly connect 12,487 unserved households with up to 1/1 Gbps service. This project will also connect 256 businesses and approximately 26 community anchor institutions. 

Beneficiaries

The ten projects that this covered partnership plans to pursue will bring qualified broadband service to a large population of rural Mississippi residents that are currently unserved. 

Subrecipient activities if applicable

The eight Internet service providers in this covered partnership are subrecipients of federal funds for this project. Their scope of work includes construction and providing service for their respective projects in their designated service areas. 

 

Applicant

Washington State Department of Commerce

Project Title

Connecting Rural Counties: WSBO Partnership Broadband Initiative

Awardee

Washington State Department of Commerce

Service Provider(s)

City of Ellensburg, Declaration Networks (DNG), Hood Canal Communications (HCC), Jefferson Public Utility District (PUD), and Ziply Fiber
Project Service Area

Rural areas of Ferry, Jefferson, Kittitas, Okanogan, and Stevens counties

State

Washington

Total Project Cost

$37,057,483.00
Grant Funding

$30,000,000.00

Non-Federal Cost Share

The applicant will provide a cost match of 19.05% for a total of $7,057,483.
Project Purpose/Type

The Connecting Rural Counties: WSBO Partnership Broadband Initiative is a last-mile fiber and last-mile wireless project that aims to overcome the barriers to broadband access and connectivity in five rural counties of the state: Ferry, Jefferson, Kittitas, Okanogan, and Stevens counties. These counties were selected as a result of the assessment conducted by the state of Washington in 2019 following a state legislation to bring high-speed internet access to all by 2024. This application was submitted by the Washington State Broadband Office (WSBO) as the primary applicant. The Washington State Broadband Office (WSBO) has entered an eligible covered partnership with City of Ellensburg, Declaration Networks (DNG), Hood Canal Communications (HCC), Jefferson Public Utility District (PUD), and Ziply Fiber to accomplish the project and bring broadband service to 7,196 unserved households. 

Activities

This project has three prongs: a last-mile fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) that will serve 100% of the unserved households in the service areas, a middle mile infrastructure that will connect rural houses to local ISPs, and radio arrays for wireless broadband connectivity to homes and farms. The broadband service providers will deploy fiber optic network to all five service areas with qualifying broadband internet service. All FTTH projects will utilize fiber with GPON installations that will provide speeds of 1 Gbps symmetrical with latency at or under 80 ms. The City of Ellensburg will build wireless broadband radio sites at two water wells. Five miles of 288-count fiber will be laid from the wells to connect to the city’s existing fiber network. DNG will deploy an all-fiber optic network along Highway 25 in Stevens County. Hood Canal Communications (HCC) seeks to close the digital equity gap by building a complete Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network along the Highway 101 corridor from Triton Cove State Park to Brinnon, in Jefferson County, along the scenic Hood Canal. Jefferson PUD is proposing to build out a fiber network to the communities of Quilcene, Discovery Bay, and Gardiner. Ziply Fiber currently serves its project areas in Ferry and Okanogan counties, which will facilitate rapid deployment of fiber optic infrastructure.

Central Connect (Ellensburg ISP) will provide broadband service from 100/100 Mbps at $65/month to 1/1 Gbps at $120/month. DNG will provide broadband service from 50/50 Mbps at $75/month to 1/1 Gbps at $249/month. HCC will provide broadband service from 25/3 Mbps at $48.95/month to 1/1 Gbps at $83.95/month. Jefferson PUD will offer broadband service from 100/100 Gbps at $65/month to 1/1 Gbps at $90/month. Ziply will offer broadband service from 100/100 Mbps at $40/month to 1/1 Gbps at $60/month.

Outcomes

The projects are designed to serve the needs of each community at speeds that will allow them to utilize today and tomorrow’s technology. The covered partnership projects high subscription pick-up, anticipating many unserved homes to subscribe to the broadband services offered.

Beneficiaries

Overall, this infrastructure project will bring broadband service to 7,196 households, 210 businesses, 50 community anchor institutions across five rural counties. The beneficiaries in the proposed service areas will receive broadband connectivity at speeds that are greater than qualifying broadband service.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

The subrecipients of federal funds for this project are the City of Ellensburg, Declaration Networks, Hood Canal Communication, Jefferson PUD, Washington State Broadband Office, and Ziply. The City of Ellensburg will oversee project build. Declaration Networks, Hood Canal Communication, Jefferson PUD, and Ziply will oversee project build and act as the Internet service providers for this project. The Washington State Broadband Office will act as the administrator of the grant.