Auction 904: Rural Digital Opportunity Fund
In February, Phase I of the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction wrapped up with the first round of bidders being filed. The reverse auction will provide funding for high-speed broadband deployment. Phase 1 targeted census blocks with broadband speeds of 25:3 Mbps speeds as well as those with no broadband service at all. Phase II will cover locations in census blocks that are partially served, as well as locations not funded in Phase I. The Federal Communications Commission will now take the next steps in ensuring these auction winners are able to adequately provide broadband solutions throughout rural America. Auction winners will have up to six years to use the funding to provide high-speed internet solutions to millions of rural homes and businesses.