SpaceX gets FCC's approval to bid in a federal auction for rural-broadband funding2020-10-15 17:39 by Daniela
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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that nearly 400 applicants are qualified to bid in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction in the U.S. Ilon Musks' SpaceX, Hughes Network Systems and Viasatare among them.
The Federal Communications Commission on Oct. 13 released a list of "qualified bidders" for the RDOF funds, which will be awarded via reverse auction to telecom providers bidding to bring subsidized voice and broadband internet services to rural communities and other underserved parts of the United States.
"The number of qualified bidders represents a more than 75% increase in the number of bidders in 2018's successful Connect America Fund Phase II auction," the FCC said, "and also includes bidding consortia that contain multiple service providers. Qualified bidders will compete to receive up to $16 billion over ten years to provide broadband to wholly unserved areas, with priority given to bids for higher speeds (up to 1 Gbps) and lower latency."
While there was little doubt that Hughes and ViaSat would make the list of qualified bidders, SpaceX's inclusion wasn't a given because the Starlink constellation does not yet offer commercial service.
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