Windstream Communications accepted nearly $175 million in annual support from the Connect American Fund II (CAFII).  Price cap carriers accepting the state-by-state CAF II offers must extend broadband into “unserved” rural areas that meet the 10 Mbps downstream/ 1 Mbps upstream national broadband speed metric.  The other price cap -carriers, principally AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink, have until August 27, 2015 to accept their respective offers.  Price cap carriers accepting state-wide offers must complete 40% of the broadband buildout by the end of 2017, 60% by the end of 2018, and 100% by the end of 2020.