FCC to vote on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund guidelines June 9th
More details on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Rural Digital Opportunity Fund will be revealed next month.
FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced Monday that draft procedures for the first phase will be voted on June 9th.
He says the competitive auction is designed to ensure robust participation, with incentives for bidders to build high-performance networks that will provide fast broadband to as many as six million American homes and businesses that aren’t currently connected.
The first phase of more than $20 billion is set to offer funding over ten years for broadband services.
Pai says the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored that every American needs to have access to high-speed broadband as soon as possible, which is why the agency is moving full speed ahead on the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.