Rural Broadband Auctions
Bridging the digital divide—particularly in rural areas where broadband is insufficiently deployed—is the Commission’s top priority.
The FCC has committed to using auctions to efficiently distribute Universal Service Fund support for fixed and mobile broadband networks in unserved parts of America.
In 2018, the Commission conducted the first of these auctions. Auction 903—in which bidding began on July 24, 2018, and concluded on August 21, 2018—allocated Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II support to certain eligible areas across the United States. 103 bidders won $1.49 billion over 10 years to provide fixed broadband and voice services to over 700,000 locations in 45 states.
On August 1, 2019, the Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to establish the $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF). The RDOF will target at least 4 million rural homes and small businesses that lack fixed broadband service. The NPRM seeks comment on conducting a reverse auction that builds on the success of the CAF Phase II auction.
In 2017, Chairman Ajit Pai announced the formation of a Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force to implement and oversee both auctions. The Task Force will maintain this website to keep stakeholders, prospective bidders, and the public informed on the pre-auction processes and the timeline for applications and bidding.
Please email questions to members of the Commission's Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force at firstname.lastname@example.org.