Qwest earmarks $55 million for broadband in
by Patrick O'Grady
March 25, 2010
Denver-based Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q) announced Thursday it is seeking $350 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service to expand broadband throughout its 14-state territory.
will mean more broadband connectivity for rural hospitals,
medical centers and education facilities under the plan, said
Jim Campbell, president of Qwest in
“You look at the number of doctors and hospitals that could be connected that will have the same kind of connection that we have in the Valley,” he said.
Qwest plans to combine a $350 million federal grant with about $117 million of its own funds to push out its broadband network to areas not currently served. The plan is to bring speeds of from 12 to 40 megabits per second to those regions. It’s a move the company has been working on for months, and one that mirrors the objectives of a federal broadband plan released last week.
If the grant
is approved, the work can begin by next year,
estimates that in
impacted range from Apache Junction and
“There is an economic engine that broadband connectivity creates,” he said.