The Federal Communications Commission authorized on Monday, Aug. 12, more than $6 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to 1,069 unserved homes and businesses in North Dakota, including Grand Forks County where $1,178,144 will be used to serve 153 locations.

“As we continue to authorize funds to expand broadband in rural America, I am excited to see the benefits for rural residents who live all across the country, from tribal lands in Wyoming to mountain communities in Appalachia, from the Great Plains to the Pacific Northwest, and from the Texas Panhandle to northern Minnesota,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “In North Dakota, this round of funding takes yet another step toward closing the digital divide, providing access to digital opportunity to over 1,000 more unserved rural homes and businesses.”

The provider, Midcontinent Communications, will begin receiving funding later this month.

"This is good news for our state economy. Tech is a big (and getting bigger) part of it. And internet access is crucial for education, business and more," said Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., in response to the funding authorization.

Other counties

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-- Cass County will receive $837,607 to serve 169 locations.

-- Richland County will receive $278,839 to serve 46 locations.

-- Steele County will receive $863,025 to serve 284 locations.

-- Stutsman County will receive $484,963 to serve 65 locations.

-- Traill County will receive $1,245,362 to serve 217 locations.

-- Walsh County will receive $1,156,537 to serve 135 locations.