Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

About

Fund Owner:  Federal Communications Commission

Program Website 

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is a $20.4 billion 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.


Recent News 

December 7, 2020: Winning Bids Announced. See FCC Public Notice. Colorado had eight winning bidders with 76,216 locations assigned totaling nearly $250 million in support over 10 years. Detailed results information can be found on the RDOF results page.

 


Important Dates

None. Waiting on FCC long form approvals.

 


Eligible Recipients

  • Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs)

 


Additional Resources

Fact Sheet

RDOF Auction 904 Results

RDOF Auction 904 Results Map

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