Rural Digital Opportunity Fund: Auction 904
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Federal Communications Commission
The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is designed to bring
high speed fixed broadband service to rural homes and
small businesses that lack access. The FCC will hold a
two phase reverse auction.
Phase I is scheduled to begin on October
29, 2020. The first phase will target over six million
homes and businesses in census blocks that are entirely
unserved by voice and broadband with download speeds of
at least 25 Mbps.
Phase II will cover locations in census
blocks that are partially served, as well as locations
not funded in Phase I.
The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund will prioritize higher
network speeds and lower latency, so that the networks
will be able to stand the test of time.
Rural Digital Opportunity Fund support recipients must
offer commercially at least one voice and one broadband
service meeting the relevant service requirements to all
locations within the awarded area in the prescribed time
Final list of eligible areas
Amount of funding
A total of $20.4 billion will be awarded over 10 years.
Up to $16 billion will be made available for Phase I, and
the remaining Phase I budget, along with $4.4 billion,
will be awarded for Phase II of the auction.
The application process will have 2 stages.
The first step is the Short-Form
Application. In this application, entities that
are seeking to participate in the auction establish
baseline financial and technical capabilities in order to
be found eligible to bid. (Short-Form
The Long-Form Application will be
required from winning bidders before they are authorized
to begin receiving support.
An auction timeline is provided on the fact
sheet. The short form application window is open from
July 1 - July 15, 2020. Phase I bidding will begin on
October 29, 2020. Future information will be announced in
Opportunity Fund Auction Technical Guide
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