The Delhi Telephone Company was awarded more than $2 million in federal funds to continue its expansion of rural broadband in Otsego, Delaware and Chenango counties.

The funds were awarded through the Connect America Fund, a competitive grant program of the Federal Communications Commission, according to Jason Miller, Delhi Telephone Compan general manager.

More than 700 homes and businesses in the eastern portion of the company’s service area, which includes parts of Worcester, Maryland, Davenport and the town of Oneonta, will be connected in the third phase of the New NY Broadband Program, Miller said.

Now that Phase II construction is complete, more than 100 homes are scheduled to be connected to the newly installed fiber optic lines by the end of the month, a pace Miller said the company is set to maintain through the end of the year.

“Now we’re installing internet, telephone, cable, security — whatever it is the customers want,” he said.

Delhi Telephone Compan was one of three New York companies awarded a total of nearly $16.2 million over the next decade to expand broadband service to more than 8,000 unserved homes and businesses in rural upstate, according to a media release. The funds will be matched by the state through the New NY Broadband Program.

Awarded providers are required to build out to 40% of the assigned homes and businesses within three years and increase buildout by 20% each subsequent year until projects are completed at the end of the sixth year.

Earlier this month, the FCC proposed establishing the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which would allocate up to $20.4 billion for the expansion of broadband in unserved areas nationwide, according to the release.

Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at seames@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.

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