Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) is making enhanced broadband service available to previously unserved residents in 25 counties throughout Ohio, the company said.
This deployment reflects a combination of Frontier capital investment and the FCC´s Connect America Fund (CAF) over the past 18 months and brings new broadband opportunities to approximately 12,600 CAF-eligible households while improving speeds to an additional 33,600 households.
The FCC established the CAF in 2011 to facilitate broadband deployment to the millions of Americans living in rural areas without access to broadband infrastructure.
The CAF program and investments by Frontier are enabling broadband access to previously unserved households, as well as improvements in broadband speeds and services. Simplified broadband offerings and bundled service packages that provide customers with choice and affordable options are also available. Speeds as fast as 45 Mbps are available, depending on the distance from Frontier´s nearest facilities.
Broadband availability allows businesses and consumers to take full advantage of online education, healthcare, and entertainment options. “Broadband connectivity is critical today, especially in more rural areas,” said Kilpatrick. “Through investment and ongoing enhancements, Frontier is helping to close America´s digital divide.”
Counties with significant Connect America Fund upgrades include Noble, Carroll, Brown and Guernsey, with more than twenty-five percent of total households seeing improvements over the time period.
Frontier Communications provides communications services to urban, suburban, and rural communities in 29 states. Frontier offers a variety of services to residential customers over its fiber-optic and copper networks, including video, high-speed internet, advanced voice, and Frontier Secure digital protection solutions. Frontier Business Edge offers communications solutions to small, medium, and enterprise businesses.