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Monday, April 12, 2021

Rosenworcel Stresses RDOF Bidder Reviews

Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has emphasized reviews the agency is conducting of the $9.2 billion of preliminary commitments to bidders in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction.

"We’re combing through those preliminary commitments carefully," Ms. Rosenworcel said during pre-taped remarks shown today at the virtual NTCA Legislative + Policy Conference.

Ms. Rosenworcel said the FCC is conducting technical, financial, and operational reviews to make sure that bidders are able to offer the service they have promised. "In fact, no detail is too small for our review because we need to make sure that those who were chosen in the auction before the election can truly deliver the broadband services rural areas need," she said.

Carriers that did not win support in the auction and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners have urged the FCC to closely review RDOF long-form applications.

Ms. Rosenworcel also urged providers to apply to participate in the $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program and to urge their customers to enroll in it. And she said the FCC welcomes the thoughts of NTCA members on the way the FCC should administer the nearly $7.2 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund. —Paul Kirby, [email protected]

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