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A press release announcing the results of the Phase 1 auction for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. The program awarded $9.2 billion to 180 projects in 49 states and the Northern Mariana Islands. It will bring broadband to 5.2 million addresses.
This page on the FCC’s website offers information about Phase 1 of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction, which awarded more than $20 billion for broadband deployment. The site displays the timeline for build-out, weighting for performance tiers and latency, description of the eligible areas, and the application process.
An article from December 2020 that makes a case for more subsidies to expand broadband into rural areas of the United States. The author also recommends engaging electrical cooperatives, using alternative technologies, and entering into public-private partnerships.
This resource documents an analysis of fixed wireless broadband solutions using spectrum and other technologies in the state of Georgia. The report describes associated capital and operational costs and provides a short technical introduction to fixed wireless connectivity.
This blog examines the flawed outcomes of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), including the role of the process’ bidding mechanisms. The piece also explores how the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) might support more productive outcomes in future reverse auctions.
An overview of federal broadband funding opportunities as of June 2021. Programs discussed include the Treasury Department’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) and Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CCPF), the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Infrastructure Program (BIP), and the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) ReConnect program.
An interactive mapping tool that illustrates the results of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction results. Results can be sorted by state, county, bidder, speed tier, and latency tier.
This resource from the Brookings Institution addresses the broadband accessibility problem faced in rural America and how it was aggravated by the Trump FCC's mismanagement of efforts to connect unserved Americans. The outdated definition of "broadband" was not updated by the Trump FCC, which led to incorrect mapping and data collection.
An article that outlines the results of a study of terrestrial broadband internet availability in the United States, estimating that at least 42 million Americans do not have access to broadband, 6.5 percent more than the FCC’s estimate. BroadbandNow gives state-by-state figures for over-reporting and unserved Americans and offers suggestions for how the FCC can improve its data collection and mapping practices.
This resource is a video of a call between U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and community broadband advocates from Benton, Chicago, and Isanti Counties to discuss how the bipartisan infrastructure bill can help expand broadband to rural Minnesota communities.
A resource discussing the FCC's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction and its results, which reveal that the FCC likely did not attain its goal of bringing affordable, reliable service to rural areas. As many federal and state grant programs will not fund projects that overlap with a previously awarded area, many unserved communities will find themselves in limbo.
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