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California Internet, L.P. DBA GeoLinks Awarded $87.8M to Expand Rural Internet in California and Nevada


GeoLinks awarded $87.8M in the in the FCC's Connect America Fund Phase
II Auction, becoming the largest winner in the state of California, and
5th largest winner in the nation.

On Tuesday, August 28th, the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) officially released the results
of its Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF II) auction, allocating $1.488
Billion to close the United States' Digital Divide. Innovative award
winning telecom, GeoLinks,
headquartered in Camarillo, California, received a total of $87.8M to
expand rural internet in California and Nevada, making it the largest
auction winner in the state of California, and 5th largest
winner in the nation overall. Ousting big telcos such as Verizon,
Frontier, and AT&T, this is the first time the largest winner of CAF in
California has been an independent operator and not an incumbent local
exchange carrier (ILEC).

"GeoLinks' founding mission is to close the U.S. Digital Divide," said
GeoLinks Co-Founder and CEO Skyler Ditchfield. "With this promise of
capital from the FCC, GeoLinks will be able to further expand our
network into rural areas of both California and Nevada, ultimately
providing more than 11,000 rural locations with Internet at 100 megabits
per second. We are excited that this new infrastructure will also reduce
the cost of bringing high speed broadband access to anchor institutions
such as Schools, Libraries, Hospitals, and Community Colleges. You can
expect to see GeoLinks fully close the digital divide in California in
these areas in the next 2-3 years with the help of our corporate partner
the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).
From the beginning it was expected to see the incumbent providers take
home big portions of the total fund. However, I am absolutely thrilled
that our company, a mid-sized ISP with true rural beginnings, was able
to secure the largest grant in CA and be in the top 5 nationally. Not
only does this secure a bright future for the rural communities we will
service, but it also allows our company to have a secure future and
bring more jobs into our local economy."

As stated by Chairman Ajit Pai in the FCC's formal release, the
successful conclusion of this first-of-its kind auction is great news
for the residents of these rural communities, who will finally be able
to share in the 21st-century digital opportunities that broadband
provides. By tapping the mechanisms of the marketplace, the CAF II
auction served as the most appropriate and cost-effective way to
allocate funding for broadband in these unserved communities, bringing
the highest-quality broadband services to the most consumers at the
lowest cost to the ratepayer.

"As part of its efforts to promote ubiquitous broadband access for all
Americans, the FCC created the CAF II auction to enable Internet service
providers to build and maintain infrastructure in unserved areas
throughout the US," commented GeoLinks' General Counsel and VP of
Government Affairs and Education Melissa Slawson. "I am elated to see
that a capable company of our size was granted substantial funding to
further propel our mission connect rural California, Nevada, and beyond."

More information is available at
A map of winning bids is available at

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Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks
is the Fastest Growing Telecom in California and a competitive local
exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally awarded for its
innovative Internet
and Digital
solutions. Ranked in both 2017 and 2018 as one of Inc.
Magazine's Fastest Growing Companies in America on the Inc. 5000,
GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Digital Voice, SD-WAN,
Cloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey
Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor
Institutions nationwide.

GeoLinks' accelerated success is largely due to its flagship product, ClearFiber™,
which offers dedicated business-class Internet with unlimited bandwidth,
true network redundancy, and guaranteed speeds reaching up to 10 Gbps.
Named "Most
Disruptive Technology
" in the 2018 Central Coast Innovation Awards,
GeoLinks' ClearFiber™ network is backed by a carrier-grade Service Level
Agreement boasting 99.999% uptime and 24/7 in-house customer support.
With an average installation period of 4 to 7 days, GeoLinks is proud to
offer the most resilient and scalable fixed wireless network on the

Recognized as a thought-leader in closing the digital divide, GeoLinks
proudly sits on an array of national boards, coalitions, and working
groups including the Schools, Healthcare & Libraries Broadband (SHLB)
Coalition, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA),
the Broadband Consortium of the Pacific Coast (BCPC), and the FCC's
Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee's (BDAC) Streamlining Federal
Siting Working Group.

More about Connect America Fund Phase II Auction:

A total of 103 providers ultimately won support in the CAF II auction to
expand broadband across 45 states. The funding, which will be
distributed over the next 10 years, will connect 53% of all rural homes
and businesses with broadband download speeds of at least 100 megabits
per second. 19% will have gigabit service available. And 711,389
locations—all but 0.25%—will have at least 25 Mbps service available.

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