On January 31, 2014, the Commission released the Technology Transitions Order, which, among other things, adopted targeted experiments to help learn more about the impact of technology transitions on rural America. In addition to furthering the Commission’s goal to gain experience and data on how to ensure universal access as networks transition, this experiment is designed to help inform the policy decisions in various proceedings pending before the Commission.
On July 11, 2014, the Commission adopted a $100 million budget for the rural broadband experiments and established an objective methodology for selecting projects among formal applications, which will be due 90 days after release of the order.
Rural Broadband Experiment Application Process
Census Blocks Eligible for Rural Broadband Experiment Support
- Public Notice Announcing Release of Eligible Census Block List (7/25/14)
- List of Census Blocks Eligible for Rural Broadband Experiment Support
Rural Broadband Experiment OrdersJuly 11, 2014 - Rural Broadband Experiments Order
January 31, 2014 - FCC OKs Voluntary Experiments Testing Impact of Technology Transitions (Order)
Rural Broadband Workshop
- FCC Announces March 19 Rural Broadband Workshop
- FCC Announces Agenda for March 19 Rural Broadband Workshop