PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Broadband service is being expanded to more than 5,000 homes and businesses in rural Oregon.
The Federal Communications Commission says its Connect America Fund has authorized $3 million for the state. CenturyLink and Frontier Communications will use the money to connect an estimated 12,300 rural people who lack broadband service.
The fund is part of the FCC's initiative to bring broadband access to rural communities. Nationwide, the FCC has authorized $260 million to help provide broadband access to 1 million rural Americans.
In Oregon, 17 of the state's 36 counties are expected to benefit from the expansion. Lane County has the most locations, followed by Josephine, Klamath, Douglas, Jackson and Malheur counties.