Windstream wins $7.3 million in broadband grants

Windstream, once an initial holdout in the broadband stimulus race that later entered when the rules were changed, just won a $7.3 million grant from the USDA to bring broadband access to unnerved rural areas in its home state Arkansas. The service provider will spend $2.4 million of its own money to complete the project.

In addition to Arkansas, Windstream applied for 33 USDA grants totaling $264 million to fund broadband projects in 13 states.

Out of the 33, the UDSA approved 18 grants totaling $181.3 million. When combined with Windstream's $60.5 million matching investment, the total cost of the 18 grants is $241.8 million.

With this money in hand, Windstream will be able to extend broadband services to 14 exchanges in Arkansas that do not currently have service today Bigelow; Crossett; Dalark; Elkins; Green Forest; Greenbrier; Harrison; Little Italy; Mulberry; Perryville; Quitman; Sheridan; West Fork; and Wye.

For more:
- Arkansas Business has this article

Related articles:
Jeff Gardner, CEO and President of Windstream on industry consolidation, the future of broadband and business service growth
Windstream seeks $238 million to fill in broadband gaps
Qwest enters round two of the broadband stimulus race
Cable MSOs, AT&T enter the broadband stimulus race
Broadband stimulus: An enabler, not a panacea

Suggested Articles

Employers used to give some workers a company phone; now they have the option to offer company internet.

CenturyLink is not a wireless company, but the company expects to be an important player in 5G and IoT.

Charter's Spectrum Enterprise sees an increase in demand for networks that can respond dynamically to increased demand for bandwidth.