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Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) – Phase II

Open Date:

TBD

Close Date:

TBD

Upcoming Milestones:

Eligible Recipients:

  • General Public
  • Local Government
  • Native/Tribal Entity
  • Non-profit
  • Private Sector

Program Purpose:

Other Infrastructure, Telecommunications / Broadband

Reserved for Energy
Communities?

No

Funded by:

Federal Communications Commission

Overview

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is the Commission’s next step in bridging the digital divide. On August 1, 2019, the Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to establish the $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to bring high speed fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses that lack it. On January 30, 2020, the Commission adopted the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Report and Order , which establishes the framework for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, building on the success of the CAF Phase II auction by using reverse auctions in two phases. The Phase I auction, which began on October 29, 2020, and ended on November 25, 2020, awarded support to bring broadband to over five million homes and businesses in census blocks that were 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 ensure that networks stand the test of time by prioritizing higher network speeds and lower latency, so that those benefitting from these networks will be able to use tomorrow’s Internet applications as well as today’s.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Grant – no match
Total Amount Available:
$0
Limit per Applicant:
No limit stated
Estimated Awards:
Not stated

Applicant Guidance

For more information, please visit the Auction 904: Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Fact Sheet.

Contact Information

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