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First Completed Broadband Buildout Under Connect America Fund Phase II Auction Announced

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai congratulated broadband provider Bloosurf for completing their broadband buildout under the Connect America Fund Phase II Auction.

The project connects over 5000 homes and businesses in Maryland and Delaware.

Bloosurf was able to finish the buildout more than five years ahead of schedule and was funded with $5.5 million according to the FCC.

Chairman Pai added “I look forward to additional providers satisfying their broadband deployment requirements in the months and years to come. I am also looking forward to our upcoming $16 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Phase I auction this fall, which will bring high-speed broadband to up to 5.4 million unserved rural locations.

There were 103 bidders who won $1.49 billion over 10 years to provide fixed broadband and voice services according to an FAQ published by the FCC on the Connect America Fund Phase II.

Providers must offer broadband of at least 10 Mbps down and 1 Mbps upstream and offer at least one plan with a minimum usage allowance of 150 GB per month.

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