Grant issued to expand broadband coverage in Central La. - KNOE 8 News; KNOE-TV; KNOE.com |

Grant issued to expand broadband coverage in Central La.

Posted: Updated: Oct 4, 2012 12:42 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C., (KNOE 8 News) - Mobile broadband coverage will be expanded soon along the I-49 corridor in Louisiana.

U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., announced $3.35 million to expand mobile broadband coverage along 2,100 miles of highway in five Central Louisiana parishes. The funding is from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) first "Mobility Fund" auction.

The wireless broadband expansion along more than 2,100 miles of I-49 also includes major roads in Grant, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine and Vernon parishes.

"These funds will provide Louisianians who live, work and travel along Central Louisiana's major roads faster and more reliable mobile Internet and also support job creation and enhanced public safety," Sen. Landrieu said. "It's no longer enough for businesses and towns to be located along a river, railroad or highway. To be truly competitive in today's global economy your community must be on the Internet superhighway. With these upgrades to local infrastructure, Louisiana businesses will be able to reach new customers, and residents will be connected faster than ever to libraries, hospitals and other resources around the world."

Phase One of the FCC Mobility Fund is designed to use $300 million in savings from cutting waste and inefficiency to help close gaps in mobile coverage across the United States. As a result of the auction, new mobile infrastructure deployment will begin in 31 states with areas that currently lack access to 3G or 4G mobile service.  In total, up to 83,000 new U.S. road miles on which millions of Americans live, work, or travel will gain access to advanced mobile networks that significantly enhance opportunities for jobs, education, healthcare and public safety. 

A parish-by-parish breakdown of miles of road to receive upgraded wireless broadband follows:

  • Grant Parish: 34.59 miles; $250,003.02
  • Natchitoches Parish: 492.51 miles; $859,389.21
  • Rapides Parish: 235.4 miles; $465,395.80
  • Sabine Parish: 364 miles; $598,784.54
  • Vernon Parish: 1,001 miles; $1,182,777.46
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • West Monroe 4-year-old left on bus

    West Monroe 4-year-old left on bus

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:00:40 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) Getting left behind is scary, especially if you're just four years old. That's exactly what happened to Landon Bell Wednesday afternoon after he woke up in a locked school bus.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) Getting left behind is scary, especially if you're just four years old. That's exactly what happened to Landon Bell Wednesday afternoon after he woke up in a locked school bus.
  • Ten African American Officers quit Monroe Police Union

    Ten African American Officers quit Monroe Police Union

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:32:49 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Three weeks ago the police union overwhelmingly voted "no confidence" in Monroe Police Chief Quentin Holmes. But Thursday, ten African American Monroe officers have voted "no confidence" in the union and they have pulled their memberships.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Three weeks ago the police union overwhelmingly voted "no confidence" in Monroe Police Chief Quentin Holmes. But Thursday, ten African American Monroe officers have voted "no confidence" in the union and they have pulled their memberships.
  • Boy left on bus in West Monroe

    Boy left on bus in West Monroe

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:33 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:33:31 GMT
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Getting left behind is scary, especially if you're just four years old. That's exactly what happened to Landon Bell yesterday afternoon. He woke up alone and locked in a school bus.
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Getting left behind is scary, especially if you're just four years old. That's exactly what happened to Landon Bell yesterday afternoon. He woke up alone and locked in a school bus.
  • Mother of Mo'Ne Davis is Proud Parent

    Mother of Mo'Ne Davis is Proud Parent

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:20:34 GMT
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS)- "Wonderful." Lakeisha McLean, Mo'ne Davis' mom, is nearly speechless.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS)- "Wonderful." Lakeisha McLean, Mo'ne Davis' mom, is nearly speechless.
  • Recent ULM grads alerted to data security breach

    Recent ULM grads alerted to data security breach

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:49:47 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News ULM) - On Tuesday, the University of Louisiana at Monroe experienced a data security breach when a ULM employee's email account was accessed by an unauthorized individual.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News ULM) - On Tuesday, the University of Louisiana at Monroe experienced a data security breach when a ULM employee's email account was accessed by an unauthorized individual.
  • Update: Qualifying continues locally and in Baton Rouge

    Update: Qualifying continues locally and in Baton Rouge

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:05:30 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Many candidates who have long-ago proclaimed they will seek federal office are heading to Baton Rouge to make it official.
    BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Many candidates who have long-ago proclaimed they will seek federal office are heading to Baton Rouge to make it official.
  • Conway Twitty Cookies

    Conway Twitty Cookies

    Friday, December 14 2012 8:37 AM EST2012-12-14 13:37:20 GMT
    Darrell Teats prepares a "Conway Twitty Cookies" recipe from his Dine and Dazzle cook book.
    Darrell Teats prepares a "Conway Twitty Cookies" recipe from his Dine and Dazzle cook book.
  • Jeremy Pierre

    Jeremy Pierre

    Jeremy Pierre is a KNOE 8 News General Assignments Reporter.
    Reporter
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KNOE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.