- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Windstream Communications Inc. is getting $917,403 to expand and support broadband to about 5,520 of its rural customers in Mississippi.

The money from the Connect America Fund will allow Windstream to deliver broadband at speeds of at least 10 Mbps for downloads and 1 Mbps uploads to 2,760 rural homes and businesses in Mississippi where the cost of broadband deployment might otherwise be prohibitive.

Federal Communication Commission officials say in a new release that carriers have some flexibility to shift deployment among eligible areas in a state.

The FCC says offers of support for some counties may also be made from an adjacent state due to network configuration.

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