Capital Project Broadband Announcement

Charter, Mediacom and Central Alabama Electric Cooperative were the biggest winners of broadband funding from the state of Alabama announced yesterday. The companies will share a total of $148.3 million with AT&T, WOW, Brightspeed and 10 small local providers.

The awards came through Alabama’s Capital Projects Fund and will cover some of the costs of deploying broadband in portions of 48 counties.

Charter was the biggest winner and will take home 23 grants totaling $44.8 million. Mediacom was the next biggest winner and is slated to receive $22.8 million for eight projects. It was closely followed by Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, which won seven grants totaling $21.9 million.

AT&T, WOW and Brightspeed won relatively small amounts of funding. AT&T will take home five grants totaling nearly $7 million. WOW will get a single grant for $2.4 million. And Brightspeed will get two grants totaling $388,061.

Other companies winning funding were:

  • Coosa Valley Technologies
  • Cullman Electric Cooperative
  • Farmers Telecommunications Corp.
  • Millry Telephone Co. Inc.
  • Pea River Electric Cooperative
  • Pine Belt Telephone Co.
  • R.M. Green Inc.
  • Tombigbee Electric Cooperative
  • Troy Cablevision/C Spire
  • Yellowhammer Networks

“Once completed, these projects… will provide access for thousands of Alabamians,” said Kenneth Boswell, director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), in a prepared statement. ADECA is responsible for administering state broadband funding programs.

The CPF award news comes just three weeks after Alabama awarded $188 million in funding for middle mile networks.

Additional information about the awards made yesterday can be found in this press release.

Additional information about Alabama broadband, including links to state funding resources, state-specific Telecompetitor coverage and more, can be found on Telecompetitor’s Broadband Nation web page for the state.

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