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The FCC’s plan to overhaul rural broadband escapes court battle

24
May
2014

A plan to bring partially-subsidized, high speed broadband to approximately 7 million households is back on track today following a federal appeals court ruling. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver rejected challenges from a number of telecommunications companies on a plan by the Federal Communication Commission to bring high-speed internet to residents in rural parts of the US. That effort relied on fees paid by other customers, as well as federal funding to subsidize some of the higher expense that come with delivering service to those areas. In its ruling, which was reported by The New York Times, the court said it found arguments made by those telecommunications companies to be either unpersuasive or barred from judicial review. The Connect America Fund aimed to use a portion of customer bills in other areas of the country to build out broadband infrastructure, including cellular data networks in those areas.

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