Louisiana received $342.2 million to expand broadband access in the first round of allocations from the Federal Communication Commission’s $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. That comes out to about $73.61 per resident, which was seventh-most in the nation, according to a tally compiled by SatelliteInternet.com.
West Virginia received about $202 per resident, the highest per-person total.
Thirteen broadband providers in Louisiana will share $342.2 million in federal dollars meant to promote high-speed internet access in areas where it’s not available. Companies that won funding have up to six years to extend service to areas they promised to serve.