The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund: What’s up with the wait for Phase II?

Lansing, Michigan (September 24, 2021) – The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) provides a unique opportunity to expand access to fixed broadband and voice service to millions of unserved homes and small businesses in rural America. There’s one problem—a hold up when it comes to Phase II of the $20.4 billion program. “This comes up a lot when we’re talking …

Michigan secures $363 million in federal funding to increase access to rural high-speed internet

The following was a press release published by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) on December 12, 2020. • Nearly 250,000 locations in Michigan to have expanded access to broadband, 13 companies awarded projects • MEDC partnership with Connected Nation Michigan helped secure FCC funding, also facilitating Connecting Michigan Taskforce LANSING, Mich. – Supporting efforts to ensure greater access to broadband …

Broadband providers were awarded over $360 million through RDOF to connect Texas homes and businesses. This is what that means for the state.

Austin, TX (December 14, 2020) – What is the RDOF?RDOF stands for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created in 2019 to bring high-speed fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses where it does not exist. More than $20 billion was put into RDOF and will be awarded to broadband providers through a …

POLICY BRIEF: Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Announces Phase 1 winners

This week, the FCC announced the winners of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I Auction, where 180 bidders won in 49 states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The funding will serve 5.2 million unserved homes and businesses, with 99.7% of the locations receiving speeds of at least 100/20 Mbps coverage. The FCC also said, in a …

SUCCESSFUL RURAL DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY FUND AUCTION TO EXPAND BROADBAND TO OVER 10 MILLION RURAL AMERICANS

Phase I Auction Allocates $9.2 Billion to Close the Digital Divide in 49 States and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands The following was a press release issued by the FCC on December 7, 2020 EDITOR’S NOTE: These pdf’s published by the FCC include a list of winning bids. This is the winning bidder summary and this is the …

$20.4 Billion Available for Rural Broadband Expansion, First Deadline Approaching for Providers to Apply

Lansing, MI. (July 6, 2020) – Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have less than two weeks to complete a short form application to qualify for Phase 1 of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its call for short form applications on July 1; the deadline for those applications is Wednesday, July 15. “Up to …

FCC Launches $20 Billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to Expand Rural Broadband Deployment

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission on January 30, 2020 Represents FCC’s Largest Investment Ever to Close Digital Divide WASHINGTON, January 30, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission today took its single biggest step to date to close the digital divide by establishing the new Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to efficiently fund the deployment of high-speed broadband …

The Digital Divide Knows No Borders

Lexington, Ky. (April 17, 2019) – What do you picture when you think of New Zealand? Perhaps you see a lush and green countryside? Or, unspoiled coastlines? Or, maybe you imagine waterfalls in valleys? All are true, but among those picturesque images is something often unnoticed—rural communities left without access to the same opportunities and resources many of us take …