The Federal Communications Commission has announced that millions of rural Americans will gain access to high-speed Internet service through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase 1 auction. In Pennsylvania alone, 13 providers, including SpaceX satellites, won bids to provide service to 184,505 households and businesses that are currently unserved at a cost to the fund of $368.7 million. Additional auctions will be held to fund further service to millions of unserved Americans.
99.7% of the locations will receive broadband with speeds of at least 100/20 Mbps, with 85% getting gigabit-speed broadband. Providers must meet periodic buildout requirements to reach all assigned locations by the end of the sixth year. They are incentivized to build out to all locations as fast as possible. Click here to learn more.