FCC auction allocates $424M for broadband expansion in rural Arkansas

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ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Monday, December 7, that Arkansans living and working in rural areas will have access to high-speed broadband through the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase 1 auction.

For the Natural State, $424,243,217.60 was allocated to expand broadband to 338,000 homes and businesses to be served, and total support through 2030. This figure is the estimated population in Arkansas.

“Nearly all locations in Arkansas that were eligible for the auction will be receiving access to broadband with speeds of at least 100/20 Mbps, with an overwhelming majority (90%) getting gigabit-speed broadband.”

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Number of homes and businesses to be served, and total support for 10 years in Arkansas, by county:

ArkansasAltice USA, Inc.5$852
ArkansasCenturyLink, Inc.103$563,850
ArkansasNexTier Consortium142$330,738
ArkansasProspero Broadband Consortium1,278$1,851,694
ArkansasResound Networks, LLC1,236$3,689,624
ArkansasSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.3$996
 Arkansas, AR Total2,767$6,437,754
AshleyNexTier Consortium1,929$3,957,502
AshleyResound Networks, LLC408$791,506
AshleySegnem Egere Consortium1,212$2,522,367
AshleyWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession27$87,537
 Ashley, AR Total3,576$7,358,911
BaxterRural Electric Cooperative Consortium3,834$6,274,296
BaxterSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.4$3,020
 Baxter, AR Total3,838$6,277,316
BentonCenturyLink, Inc.154$373,830
BentonCox Communications, Inc.1,652$1,409,750
BentonRural Electric Cooperative Consortium1,019$1,531,276
BentonSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.2,896$2,890,395
BentonWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession3$14,772
 Benton, AR Total5,724$6,220,024
BooneSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.14$134,255
BooneWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession1,225$2,640,249
 Boone, AR Total1,239$2,774,504
BradleySpace Exploration Technologies Corp.22$30,935
BradleyWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession1,022$3,049,875
 Bradley, AR Total1,044$3,080,810
CalhounSouth Arkansas Telephone Company658$1,999,396
 Calhoun, AR Total658$1,999,396
CarrollSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.327$449,100
CarrollWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession3,821$13,427,991
 Carroll, AR Total4,148$13,877,091
ChicotNexTier Consortium163$274,073
ChicotResound Networks, LLC1,337$3,330,779
ChicotSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.38$19,593
 Chicot, AR Total1,538$3,624,445
ClarkRural Electric Cooperative Consortium1,031$4,021,094
ClarkSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.37$81,219
 Clark, AR Total1,068$4,102,313
ClayProspero Broadband Consortium2,598$3,185,228
ClaySpace Exploration Technologies Corp.1$2,270
 Clay, AR Total2,599$3,187,497
CleburneProspero Broadband Consortium3,683$6,078,927
CleburneRural Electric Cooperative Consortium128$79,647
CleburneSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.2$852
CleburneWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession1,196$3,134,271
 Cleburne, AR Total5,009$9,293,697
ClevelandNexTier Consortium455$1,627,315
ClevelandWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession82$680,820
 Cleveland, AR Total537$2,308,135
ColumbiaRural Electric Cooperative Consortium3,242$11,690,982
 Columbia, AR Total3,242$11,690,982
ConwayProspero Broadband Consortium409$1,185,360
ConwayRural Electric Cooperative Consortium3,574$9,994,089
ConwaySegnem Egere Consortium399$806,850
ConwaySpace Exploration Technologies Corp.150$177,732
 Conway, AR Total4,532$12,164,031
CraigheadProspero Broadband Consortium3,687$2,361,254
CraigheadSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.1$980
 Craighead, AR Total3,688$2,362,234
CrawfordCenturyLink, Inc.607$1,527,846
CrawfordCox Communications, Inc.13$20,913
CrawfordRural Electric Cooperative Consortium2,529$4,754,282
CrawfordSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.227$503,575
CrawfordWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession14$96,678
 Crawford, AR Total3,390$6,903,295
CrittendenProspero Broadband Consortium1,411$821,135
CrittendenResound Networks, LLC1,416$3,934,512
CrittendenSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.38$32,452
 Crittenden, AR Total2,865$4,788,099
CrossNexTier Consortium678$1,301,221
CrossResound Networks, LLC1,685$3,549,429
CrossSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.140$16,324
 Cross, AR Total2,503$4,866,973
DallasNexTier Consortium396$1,702,467
DallasSouth Arkansas Telephone Company1,041$2,681,675
 Dallas, AR Total1,437$4,384,142
DeshaResound Networks, LLC1,141$2,421,314
DeshaSegnem Egere Consortium424$1,446,684
DeshaSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.9$26,745
 Desha, AR Total1,574$3,894,743
DrewNexTier Consortium2,013$5,659,148
DrewSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.94$98,720
DrewWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession609$2,658,029
 Drew, AR Total2,716$8,415,897
FaulknerRural Electric Cooperative Consortium2,410$1,370,921
FaulknerSegnem Egere Consortium1,252$1,690,546
FaulknerSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.59$42,152
FaulknerWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession261$348,842
 Faulkner, AR Total3,982$3,452,460
FranklinAltice USA, Inc.8$1,188
FranklinRural Electric Cooperative Consortium4,382$12,211,112
 Franklin, AR Total4,390$12,212,300
FultonRural Electric Cooperative Consortium2,579$7,084,925
FultonSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.53$29,168
 Fulton, AR Total2,632$7,114,093
GarlandHomeTown Broadband, Inc.686$1,249,664
GarlandRural Electric Cooperative Consortium328$991,791
GarlandSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.474$640,418
 Garland, AR Total1,488$2,881,873
GrantCenturyLink, Inc.369$1,189,008
GrantWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession2,136$8,183,297
 Grant, AR Total2,505$9,372,305
GreeneProspero Broadband Consortium5,681$8,252,044
GreeneResound Networks, LLC287$143,964
GreeneSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.752$123,494
GreeneWisper-CABO 904 Consortium678$68,229
 Greene, AR Total7,398$8,587,731
HempsteadRural Electric Cooperative Consortium3,098$6,561,219
 Hempstead, AR Total3,098$6,561,219
Hot SpringCentral Arkansas Telephone Cooperative, Inc.1,004$1,629,931
Hot SpringRural Electric Cooperative Consortium1,894$1,915,933
 Hot Spring, AR Total2,898$3,545,863
HowardAltice USA, Inc.59$6,773
HowardRural Electric Cooperative Consortium2,563$6,771,752
HowardSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.9$2,825
HowardWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession31$43,134
 Howard, AR Total2,662$6,824,484
IndependenceCenturyLink, Inc.992$2,380,473
IndependenceResound Networks, LLC820$1,743,893
IndependenceRural Electric Cooperative Consortium349$1,155,163
IndependenceSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.637$632,237
IndependenceWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession2,198$4,460,295
IndependenceWisper-CABO 904 Consortium11$365
 Independence, AR Total5,007$10,372,426
IzardRural Electric Cooperative Consortium1,802$7,215,198
IzardSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.31$85,628
 Izard, AR Total1,833$7,300,826
JacksonResound Networks, LLC1,515$6,779,097
JacksonRural Electric Cooperative Consortium70$137,088
JacksonSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.1$228
JacksonWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession615$1,644,108
 Jackson, AR Total2,201$8,560,521
JeffersonAltice USA, Inc.340$39,019
JeffersonNexTier Consortium188$323,795
JeffersonProspero Broadband Consortium628$193,907
JeffersonResound Networks, LLC1,589$2,690,992
JeffersonSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.1,609$378,152
JeffersonWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession2,071$2,814,289
JeffersonWisper-CABO 904 Consortium120$15,585
 Jefferson, AR Total6,545$6,455,739
JohnsonRural Electric Cooperative Consortium2,504$7,056,253
JohnsonSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.702$534,735
 Johnson, AR Total3,206$7,590,988
LafayetteRural Electric Cooperative Consortium943$2,040,930
LafayetteSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.88$23,765
LafayetteWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession272$909,354
 Lafayette, AR Total1,303$2,974,049
LawrenceProspero Broadband Consortium3,418$6,853,837
 Lawrence, AR Total3,418$6,853,837
LeeNexTier Consortium215$567,789
LeeResound Networks, LLC1,800$3,517,263
LeeSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.151$27,079
 Lee, AR Total2,166$4,112,130
LincolnNexTier Consortium1,115$3,717,533
LincolnResound Networks, LLC666$1,388,264
LincolnSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.142$45,987
 Lincoln, AR Total1,923$5,151,783
Little RiverRural Electric Cooperative Consortium1,609$3,026,320
 Little River, AR Total1,609$3,026,320
LoganAltice USA, Inc.116$10,583
LoganRural Electric Cooperative Consortium3,177$7,858,606
LoganSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.47$32,026
 Logan, AR Total3,340$7,901,214
LonokeProspero Broadband Consortium1,545$917,770
LonokeResound Networks, LLC730$1,752,847
LonokeSegnem Egere Consortium48$19,527
LonokeSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.9$5,503
 Lonoke, AR Total2,332$2,695,647
MadisonRural Electric Cooperative Consortium977$2,357,119
MadisonSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.4$15,564
MadisonWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession535$2,631,810
 Madison, AR Total1,516$5,004,493
MarionRural Electric Cooperative Consortium73$250,032
MarionSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.340$393,518
 Marion, AR Total413$643,550
MillerRural Electric Cooperative Consortium142$315,813
MillerWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession10$13,338
MillerWisper-CABO 904 Consortium10$4,066
 Miller, AR Total162$333,217
MississippiResound Networks, LLC268$1,255,812
MississippiRural Electric Cooperative Consortium2,362$1,286,224
MississippiSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.543$138,684
MississippiWisper-CABO 904 Consortium42$3,406
 Mississippi, AR Total3,215$2,684,126
MonroeNexTier Consortium235$843,067
MonroeResound Networks, LLC1,144$1,951,505
MonroeSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.860$316,113
 Monroe, AR Total2,239$3,110,685
MontgomeryRural Electric Cooperative Consortium1,177$3,527,607
MontgomerySpace Exploration Technologies Corp.5$5,515
MontgomeryWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession1,456$4,406,927
 Montgomery, AR Total2,638$7,940,049
NevadaCenturyLink, Inc.226$1,478,328
NevadaRural Electric Cooperative Consortium1,630$7,095,700
NevadaSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.50$40,885
 Nevada, AR Total1,906$8,614,913
NewtonRural Electric Cooperative Consortium66$500,220
NewtonWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession158$576,798
 Newton, AR Total224$1,077,018
OuachitaSouth Arkansas Telephone Company3,394$6,706,175
 Ouachita, AR Total3,394$6,706,175
PerryProspero Broadband Consortium1,181$3,033,855
 Perry, AR Total1,181$3,033,855
PhillipsResound Networks, LLC1,234$2,815,415
PhillipsSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.15$34,518
 Phillips, AR Total1,249$2,849,933
PikeRural Electric Cooperative Consortium2,424$5,324,560
PikeWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession113$166,668
 Pike, AR Total2,537$5,491,228
PoinsettProspero Broadband Consortium1,326$2,259,417
PoinsettResound Networks, LLC101$957,678
PoinsettSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.24$5,109
 Poinsett, AR Total1,451$3,222,204
PolkRural Electric Cooperative Consortium4,072$11,835,744
 Polk, AR Total4,072$11,835,744
PopeRural Electric Cooperative Consortium3,512$8,891,937
PopeSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.611$545,489
PopeWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession42$175,491
 Pope, AR Total4,165$9,612,917
PrairieNexTier Consortium203$320,784
PrairieProspero Broadband Consortium232$128,890
PrairieResound Networks, LLC1,871$3,677,954
PrairieSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.213$116,856
 Prairie, AR Total2,519$4,244,484
PulaskiProspero Broadband Consortium484$977,377
PulaskiSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.1,261$1,165,592
PulaskiWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession177$532,764
 Pulaski, AR Total1,922$2,675,733
RandolphProspero Broadband Consortium3,276$9,203,637
RandolphSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.3$1,108
 Randolph, AR Total3,279$9,204,745
SalineNexTier Consortium322$732,738
SalineProspero Broadband Consortium1,835$2,666,845
SalineSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.866$536,889
SalineWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession129$267,966
 Saline, AR Total3,152$4,204,437
ScottRural Electric Cooperative Consortium2,261$7,153,218
 Scott, AR Total2,261$7,153,218
SearcyRural Electric Cooperative Consortium2,005$8,451,402
 Searcy, AR Total2,005$8,451,402
SebastianRural Electric Cooperative Consortium2,030$4,101,551
SebastianSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.83$61,755
SebastianWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession10$11,526
 Sebastian, AR Total2,123$4,174,831
SevierRural Electric Cooperative Consortium1,414$2,537,688
SevierSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.3$1,563
SevierWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession1$8,418
 Sevier, AR Total1,418$2,547,669
SharpCenturyLink, Inc.507$1,865,407
SharpRural Electric Cooperative Consortium2,135$6,038,926
SharpSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.186$92,883
 Sharp, AR Total2,828$7,997,216
St. FrancisHomeTown Broadband, Inc.609$174,565
St. FrancisResound Networks, LLC1,659$2,413,878
St. FrancisSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.2,024$432,591
St. FrancisWisper-CABO 904 Consortium19$3,695
 St. Francis, AR Total4,311$3,024,730
StoneMountain View Telephone Company43$298,572
StoneRural Electric Cooperative Consortium76$646,974
StoneWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession77$223,604
 Stone, AR Total196$1,169,150
UnionNexTier Consortium2,685$10,897,619
UnionSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.947$833,416
UnionWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession242$582,736
 Union, AR Total3,874$12,313,772
Van BurenRural Electric Cooperative Consortium785$2,247,580
 Van Buren, AR Total785$2,247,580
WashingtonRural Electric Cooperative Consortium2,812$3,132,425
WashingtonSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.8$6,652
 Washington, AR Total2,820$3,139,077
WhiteProspero Broadband Consortium4,297$950,404
WhiteResound Networks, LLC3,748$8,253,780
WhiteSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.433$213,036
WhiteWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession81$102,825
WhiteWisper-CABO 904 Consortium69$9,580
 White, AR Total8,628$9,529,625
WoodruffResound Networks, LLC1,464$3,052,268
WoodruffSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.90$15,897
 Woodruff, AR Total1,554$3,068,166
YellSpace Exploration Technologies Corp.389$337,116
YellWindstream Services LLC, Debtor-In-Possession558$3,040,067
 Yell, AR Total947$3,377,182
TOTAL 200,612$424,243,218
338,000 is the estimated population in Arkansas that will benefit from the funding. The 200,612 number refers to the specific number of geographic locations (homes/businesses) that are eligible for service, per FCC.

Bidding began in October for nearly 400 applicants. On the list of eligible areas was Arkansas (201,923 locations), other states that had more than Arkansas were:

  • California (370,986 locations)
  • Texas (311,108 locations)
  • Michigan (251,083 locations)
  • Wisconsin (240,840 locations)
  • Mississippi (219, 466 locations)

The eligibility rules were developed in accord with criteria adopted in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Order.

The FCC’s goal is to close the digital divide in rural America.

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