Today, the FCC voted to adopt an auction framework for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, committing more than $20 billion to bring high-speed broadband to rural Americans. The following statement can be attributed to Lisa R. Youngers, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association:
"What has become all too evident is that, to play in our digital future, every home and business needs all-fiber connectivity. Today, by adopting the $20+ billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, the Federal Communications Commission will help make that possible in a great many areas of rural America. Not only will the new program propel direct all-fiber connectivity to unserved locations, but it will support 5G wireless, smart community, smart grid, and IoT builds in rural areas as well. The Fiber Broadband Association commends today's action.