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The Federal Communications Commission authorized more than $6 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to more than 1,000 unserved homes and businesses in North Dakota, the agency said Monday.

Midcontinent Communications, the broadband provider, will begin receiving funding later this month, according to a news release.

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the North Dakota funding takes another step toward "closing the digital divide" in rural areas.

The funding announced Monday will go to locations in Cass, Grand Forks, Richland, Steele, Stutsman, Traill and Walsh counties. The funding was part of a national allocation of nearly $1.5 billion to expand broadband to 700,000 homes and businesses.

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