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 Experiments Post-Selection Process

Rural Broadband Experiment Application Process

Census Blocks Eligible for Rural Broadband Experiment Support

Rural Broadband Experiment Orders

July 11, 2014 - Rural Broadband Experiments Order
News Release
Wheeler Statement
Clyburn Statement
Rosenworcel Statement
Pai Statement
O’Rielly Statement

January 31, 2014 - FCC OKs Voluntary Experiments Testing Impact of Technology Transitions (Order)
News Release
Wheeler Statement
Clyburn Statement
Rosenworcel Statement
Pai Statement
O’Rielly Statement

Rural Broadband Workshop

List of Expressions of Interest

Updated as of April 25, 2014

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