The Federal Communications Commission today announced that an estimated 332,000 rural Americans living and working in Louisiana will gain access to high-speed broadband through the Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction, according to auction results released today.
In Louisiana, the auction allocated $342,207,315.20 in support to expand broadband to 175,692 unserved homes and businesses over the next 10 years. Nearly all locations in Louisiana that were eligible for the auction will be receiving access to broadband with speeds of at least 100/20 Mbps, with an overwhelming majority (82%) getting gigabit-speed broadband. The auction unleashed robust competition that resulted in more locations being awarded at less cost to Americans who pay into the FCC’s Universal Service Fund.
District 22 parishes funding as follows:
GRANT – 5,014 homes, $8,872,346
LASALLE – 3,436 homes, $6,263,048
NATCHITOCHES- 4,733 homes, $13,456,731
RED RIVER – 2,247 homes, $7,195,372
WINN – 3,964 homes, $15,977,430
RAPIDES – 4,709 homes, $8,065,588
Winning bidders in District 22 include Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium, Segnum Egere Consortium, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation.