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FBA Statement on Proposed Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

Today, the FCC proposed creating a $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. The proposal would raise the bar for rural broadband deployment by making more areas eligible for support and requiring faster service than last year’s Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II reverse auction. The following statement about the fund can be attributed to Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association:

 “The Fiber Broadband Association welcomes the FCC’s proposal to create the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. This new program holds out the promise of bringing high-performance broadband service, especially all-fiber broadband service, to unserved areas throughout the country. But, to make that happen, the FCC will need to amend its previous Connect America Fund rules and recognize that all-fiber networks have become the transmission medium of choice for consumers because of the enormous benefits they offer. As Chairman Pai has recognized, in 2018, fiber was deployed to more new homes in the United States than any year ever. FBA, therefore, encourages the FCC to use this proceeding to bring the benefits of all-fiber networks to those consumers who so far have been left behind. We stand ready to work with the FCC to make this happen.”

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