I was recently interviewed by Louisiana Hometown Productions regarding the FCC’s commitment to provide funding for high speed internet across rural Louisiana.
As Public Service Commissioner, high-speed internet is my number-one priority for North Louisiana and we are working with the FCC to bring it to rural Louisiana. We are in line to receive an estimated $600 million in federal government aid over the next 10 years to spread broadband to these “unserved and underserved” areas. The aid is coming from the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.
The major companies serve the larger population centers, and the Public Service Commission does not regulate the internet. Unfortunately I can’t wave a wand and get it to everybody as I would like. However, with this (FCC) program, we’re going to finally be able to fund service to some unserved places which is long overdue.
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