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FBA Statement on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund
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FBA Statement on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

January 10, 2020

Yesterday, the FCC Chairman shared a draft order that would establish a $20.4 Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) to bridge the rural digital divide in the United States. RDOF would raise the bar for rural broadband deployment by requiring faster speeds than the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II reverse auctions did. The following statement about the fund can be attributed to Lisa R. Youngers, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association:

“The Fiber Broadband Association’s members applaud Chairman Pai’s draft order adopting rules for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. This $20 billion program will connect millions of unserved consumers to the economic, social, healthcare and educational opportunities in our digital world. What’s more, as proposed by the Chairman, this fund will build exponentially faster networks by prioritizing higher performance connectivity amongst competing bids. We thank the Chairman for this initiative to bridge the digital divide and encourage the Commission to adopt his draft at its meeting later in January.”


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