FCC announces funding to help bring broadband to rural NC

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission says a North Carolina-based company has accepted nearly $2 million in support from a special fund to help support and expand broadband to its customers in rural counties.

A statement from the FCC says the $1,952,081 from the Connect America Fund will enable Windstream to deliver broadband to approximately 6,988 rural homes and businesses in North Carolina where the cost of broadband deployment might otherwise be prohibitive.

Windstream will be able to provide the service to approximately 13,976 of its customers.

The expanded broadband will be available in Anson, Cabarrus, Chatham, Davidson, Forsyth, Harnett, Hoke, Iredell, Lee, Mecklenburg, Moore, Polk, Randolph, Richmond, Rowan, Rutherford, Scotland, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Union counties in North Carolina. It's also providing service in Chesterfield, Lancaster and Spartanburg counties in South Carolina.

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