KeyOn Applies for $150M to Expand 3.65 Ghz WiMAX

KeyOn, a wireless broadband provider in Omaha, Neb., said this morning that it’s applied for $150 million in broadband stimulus funds in order to expand its WiMAX network and cover an additional 4 million people — a cost of $37.50 each, reports Stacy Higginbotham.

KeyOn uses WiMAX on 3.65GHz from Airspan and provides broadband, satellite television service and VoIP calling packages under the brand names SpeedNet (which it purchased in 2007), and Southern Iowa Regional Internet Services (SIRIS), an Iowa wireless broadband provider.

KeyOn’s network footprint currently reaches approximately 50,000 square miles and nearly 2,500,000 people, with 2.5 million people currently served across 11 Western and Midwestern states. KeyOn offers broadband services with VoIP and satellite video services to both residential and business subscribers.

“With a network that currently spans 382 wireless broadband towers which has served mainly rural populations over the last seven years, we possess the experience and commitment to immediately commence construction of these next-generation wireless networks upon receipt of stimulus funds”, said Jonathan Snyder, President and CEO of KeyOn Communications. “We applaud the Obama Administration’s effort to expand broadband access into rural areas, the FCC’s foresight in making available the 3.65GHz spectrum which is ideal for the rural broadband initiative, and RUS’s efficient management of this process.”

Yonder Media, of Reno, Nev., currently covers Northern Nevada and California with EVDO cellular data. They recently bought SureWest and have applied for $11 million under the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service to build out 150, 3G networks to serve more than 400 communities over the next five years.

Yesterday, Cricket & One Economy announced a Digital Divide proposal that would expand EVDO data service to low-income residents in five cities. On Monday they filed for $8.6 million in broadband stimulus funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Authority’s program. Cricket, which owns spectrum in the PCS and AWS band, hopes to to expand EVDO service using RUS grant money.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will dispense $7.2 billion for broadband over an 18-month-period. Those funds are split between the USDA/RUS office (with $2.5 billion) and the NTIA (with $4.7 billion). Deadline for electronic filings is this Friday at 5 p.m. ET.

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