The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recognizing the large digital "flaw" in rural USA has proposed the establishment of a federal funding program called the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF). Offering at least $20.4 billion over a ten-year period FCC will support more than 20 million households and small businesses that lack high-speed broadband networks. The program is planned for implementation upon expiration of the Connect America Fund phase II (CAF-2) program in 2021, thus RDOF is also informally known as CAF-3.
Areas that are considered eligible are those that completely lack access to adequate broadband service, which is defined by the FCC as 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream (25/3). Based on this, FCC has deemed almost 6 million locations eligible for Phase I of the RDOF auction. Learn more about the eligible areas here.
This once in a generation program will be carried out in two phases.
Phase I will provide $16 billion so as to support rural homes and businesses that are wholly unserved and is planned to be completed by the end of the year.
What is included?
Phase II, will provide $4.4 billion (plus the remaining Phase I budget) aiming at encouraging those areas that are partially served, as well as any areas that have not won in Phase I.
What is included?
You can view the FCC RDOF Fact Sheet and Guidelines by clicking here
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The RDOF program carries build out requirements over a six-year period. Let's simplify it:
The service provider may have more time to build out in the special occasion where the actual locations greatly surpass the FCC model.
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