FCC Releases CAF Funding Map

Independent Telcoms Will Be Able to Check It Out, File Challenges If Needed

The FCC has released an interactive map of the 600,000 or so homes and businesses getting broadband thanks to the second round of funding in phase I of its Connect America Fund (CAF) broadband subsidies.

That will give independent telcoms information with which to challenge those funds if they believe they are going to areas already served by broadband. The FCC points out that the map could change due to those challenges

The Connect America fund is part of the commission's effort to transition Universal Service Fund monies from traditional phone subsidies to broadband.

The FCC last month announced that over $385 million had been requested by providers in 44 states. Now it is identifying where they will provide service down to the census block level as part of an effort to insure the money is not used to overbuild existing service.

Phase I money goes to incumbent telcos in the best position to get expand quickly to unserved areas.