FCC kicks in $144K in taxpayer money for Tuolumne County Internet service

local@modbee.comDecember 19, 2013 

— Frontier Communications is being allocated $114,000 in taxpayer funds to extend broadband Internet service to about 160 rural homes in Tuolumne County. The private company, whose stock is traded on the Nasdaq exchange, will get the money from the Federal Communication Commission’s Connect America Fund.

The cash is supposed to help the company upgrade and build its broadband network. Frontier then will sell Internet connections to the public.

“We recognize the importance of high-speed Internet access to our residential and commercial customers. It has enriched the way we live our lives and run our businesses,” said Frontier Area President Melinda White. “We will continue to invest aggressively in rural America and seek every opportunity to increase broadband availability in its rural, high-cost, low-density areas.”

A Frontier representative said the locations of the new broadband connections have not been finalized.

Frontier applied for the funds in August, and it expects the money to arrive this month.

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