By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-8-21

The Federal Communications Commission has authorized more than $163 million to 42 providers in the second round of phase one of Rural Digital Opportunity Fund broadband buildouts.

The second round will cover approximately 65,000 locations in 21 states.

“More help is on the way to households without broadband,” said FCC acting chair Jessica Rosenworcel.

In August 2019, the FCC voted to propose handing out over $20 billion in Universal Service Fund (USF) subsidies for rural fixed broadband over the next decade, money that could go to cable broadband providers as well as telecoms.  » Read More