The FCC has plans, and funding, for experiments that explore how broadband can be expanded at a lower cost in rural America.

The experiments are designed to discover if nontraditional broadband providers, such as electric co-ops, will apply for available funds to build the networks needed to provide it in unserved and underserved areas.

Co-op directors and employees can learn FCC plan details in an NRECA webinar on Aug. 22 at The session includes the requirements to successfully compete for the $100 million available for the experiments.

One Michigan electric co-op, Midwest Energy (Cassopolis), is already leading the charge to spread broadband to underserved areas. The co-op built a fiber optic system across its lines and started providing its first residential members with high-speed internet service this summer.

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