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Connect America Fund Phase II

Last week, the FCC adopted a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing a framework for the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II Reverse Auction. The Order establishes four service tiers, ranging from a minimum performance tier of10 Mbps/1 Mbps to 1 Gbps/500 Mbps with an unlimited monthly data allowance and establishes a single “technology neutral” multi-round reverse auction. Flexible technical qualifications are established, supporting participation by new entrants such as electric cooperatives. The FNPRM seeks comment on how the FCC should weight various considerations for selecting winning bids, such as cost per defined area, service tier, and quality of service factors such as latency. Many aspects of the Report and Order and FNRPM are consistent with the positions and arguments advanced by Keller and Heckman’s client, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Comments will be due 30 days after the item is published in the Federal Register and Reply Comments 15 days thereafter. The FCC is expected to issue a Public Notice in the coming months requesting comment on the mechanics and related issues for bidding in the reverse auction.


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