Commissioner Bailey announces the approval for federal funds to support the deployment of high-speed internet service across six counties

This expansion will include six counties in the Central District

Central District Public Service Commissioner Brent Bailey announced the final  approval for federal funds to Aristotle Unified Communications LLC and Windstream  Communications LLC to support the deployment of high-speed internet service to customers across  six counties in the Central District. 

The Commission conducted a special open meeting on Thursday. Following a unanimous vote by  the Commission, Windstream Communications, LLC was approved to receive funds through the  Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Phase 1 Auction.  Aristotle Unified Communications, LLC was approved by the Commission at a later date. 

 



 

Within the Central District, Aristotle Unified Communications will receive $1,484,976.08 to distribute  to 4,347 locations in three counties- Issaquena, Sharkey and Yazoo. Windstream Communications  will receive a total of $9,426,300 with some of those funds covering costs to provide service in  Copiah, Hinds and Rankin counties, which are also located within the Central District. 

 

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“I am excited to join my fellow Commissioners in closing the broadband divide we have had for too  long across much of rural Mississippi,” Commissioner Bailey said. “With these funds, these  companies will have the ability to provide reliable, good quality service at just, reasonable and  affordable rates for those who are unserved or underserved. I am thrilled to be a part of the  enormous steps we as a Commission have been taking over the last year with the common goal of  bringing connectivity to all Mississippians.” 

Overall, Mississippi had a total of 24 winning bidders of RDOF funds who will potentially receive a  collective total of $495,725,799.60. Mississippi received the second highest amount of funds in the  country, following California. More information on the RDOF Phase I auction is available at  https://www.fcc.gov/auction/904, including complete auction results and a map of winning bids. 

 

 


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