The state of Idaho has awarded nearly $119 million in funding to Ziply, Comcast and 14 others. Ziply won two awards totaling over $14.3 million. Comcast won a single award for over $9.8 million.
Other awardees included competitive and incumbent local providers. In addition, some awards went to individual counties.
Awardees will contribute matching funds equal to 30% of project costs on average. The funding will go toward last mile and middle mile projects.
According to several local media outlets, the awards were announced on October 24. The Idaho Department of Commerce, which administers the state’s broadband funding programs, did not immediately reply to a question from Telecompetitor asking for confirmation of that date.
The funding for the program came through the federal Capital Projects Fund. Idaho was awarded $120 million for the state program, known as the Capital Projects Fund- Broadband Infrastructure Grant program.
As with many recent broadband funding programs, the state received applications requesting considerably more funding than the state had available. Forty-one applicants requested a total of over $596 million.
Among the applicants that did not receive funding were Charter, Cox, Lumen, TDS and Vyve Broadband.
A complete list of awardees is available online.
Additional information about Idaho broadband, including links to state resources and Telecompetitor coverage, can be found on the Broadband Nation web page for the state.