Home internet service provider Boost Mobile Internet said Wednesday it has been awarded a $9.3 million award from the Federal Communications Commission to help build a broadband network for rural and underserved areas.
Boost Mobile, which is owned by Comcast Corp., is the nation’s second-largest home internet provider with over 3 million customers.
Boost said it will use the funds to improve its infrastructure, expand its mobile broadband network and improve customer service.
Boost Mobile is one of several rural broadband providers vying to expand its broadband service into underserved communities.
Comcast is also building a broadband fiber network to serve a community in eastern Tennessee.
Boost said it plans to use the $9 million awarded to Boost Mobile for construction and infrastructure improvements, along with $1 million for a new wireless broadband network.
Boost is also offering incentives for customers who sign up for its internet service and a $50 credit toward a home purchase.
Boost also said it was working to expand wireless broadband services to underserved rural communities, where most of its customers live.
Boost is among a handful of rural internet providers to have received federal awards since the Federal Trade Commission announced last year that it is considering class action lawsuits against companies for their practices.
Boost, which has about 1,200 customers in Texas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, said the FCC’s action will allow it to build its broadband network faster and more efficiently.
Boost announced in February that it was also getting a $1.5 million grant from the FCC to help it expand its wireless broadband service to the entire state of South Carolina.
The $1,000 grant will help Boost cover its wireless network upgrades and to provide more service in areas that Boost said are lacking broadband, including rural areas.
Boost had previously been a defendant in a class action lawsuit filed by broadband provider Comcast, which was awarded a total of $1 billion in a settlement in June.