FCC

Broadband Internet expansion
8:10 am
Fri September 6, 2013

FCC Expanding Broadband Internet in Alabama

Alabama is receiving $27 million to help expand Internet access throughout the state.

Federal Communications Commission officials say areas throughout Alabama have been targeted for broadband Internet expansion.

   FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield said Thursday that $27 million of the FCC's Connect America Fund will be distributed to help expand Internet access throughout Alabama.

   Last month, the commission announced that 44 states and Puerto Rico requested more than $385 million from the fund.

   The Connect America Fund is being used to expand broadband Internet access to rural communities across the country.

Rural Cell Service
5:18 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Company Wins $10.2M Grant For Rural Cell Service

A small cell company has won a $10 million grant to provide rural cell service to west Alabama.
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A small cell phone company has won a more than $10 million federal grant to expand wireless service in one of Alabama's most isolated regions.

The Federal Communications Commission says Pine Belt Cellular was the only company that sought the money to build new cell phone infrastructure along almost 1,600 miles of roads in five west Alabama counties.

The president of the company, John Nettles, says Pine Belt will use the funding to construct and connect towers and antennas in parts of Choctaw, Dallas, Marengo, Perry and Wilcox counties.

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