According to eweek.com, companies receiving funds from the Connect America Fund from the Federal Communication Commission are required to have 10 Mbps download speeds for rural communities. On December 11, 2014, the FCC announced that this provision was now mandatory. The previous minimum requirements were four Mbps.
At the direction of Congress, the FCC created the Connect America Fund to encourage ISP to strengthen its networks in rural areas to comparable rates the urban customers receive. This funding is part of the National Broadband Plan. The goal for this program is to have 100,000 Americans with 100 Megabits per second data connection rates by the year 2020.
The Connect America Fund is being funded by 15.5 Billions dollars sent from the Universal Serivice Fund. The legal framework for this is in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As of November, there were 181 applicants for Connect America with over 600 projects totaling to $885 million dollars in investments-be sure to check out the Flickr postings.