The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) is a federal funding program expected to allocate $20.4 billion over 10 years toward subsidizing rural broadband networks
The program is planned for implementation upon expiration of the Connect America Fund phase II (CAF-2) program in 2021, hence RDOF is also informally known as CAF-3.
Delivering Competitive Broadband
The RDOF seeks to encourage the deployment of networks that will stand the test of time, placing the highest value on those providing gigabit connections. It requires winning bidders in Phase I to offer the supported broadband and voice service to all eligible homes and small businesses within the awarded areas.
Structure and Schedule
The RDOF will target areas that lack access to 25/3 Mbps broadband services in two phases. During Phase 1 up to $16B will be auctioned for high-cost areas (census blocks) where there is no 25/3 Mbps service at all according to the Form 477 data. The Phase 1 auction will occur in 2020, with the subsidies commencing in 2021.
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Reverse auction based, four performance tiers
[weighting on speed and latency]
6-Year Broadband Build Requirements
40% completion by end of year three of funding
20% for each subsequent year
100% complete by end of year six**
** Some additional time for construction is provided if the actual number of locations exceeds the FCC model’s number.
$20.4B over 10 years
in two Phases
$16B for census blocks unserved by 25/3 Mbps
$4.4B for unserved locations in partially served census blocks plus areas not won in Phase 1*
*The FCC indicated that it may revisit the Phase 2 budget after it has additional information gained from Phase 1.
Location Eligibility and Evaluating Bids
The FCC’s initial estimate is that approximately 6 million locations would be eligible for bidding in Phase 1 of the RDOF.
The map below provides an overview of bid-eligible locations for the 48 qualifying states, with over half having more than 100,000 locations eligible for Phase 1 funding.
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|Performance Tier||Speed||Monthly Usage Allowance||Weight|
|Minimum||≥ 25/3 Mbps||≥ 250 GB or U.S. average, whichever is higher||50|
|Baseline||≥ 50/5 Mbps||≥ 250 GB or U.S. average, whichever is higher||35|
|Above Baseline||≥ 100/20 Mbps||≥ 2 TB||20|
|Gigabit||≥ 1 Gbps/500 Mbps||≥ 2 TB||0|
|Low Latency||≤ 100 ms||0|
|High Latency||≤ 750 ms & MOS ≥ 4||40|
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