FCC Proposes to Begin RDOF Auction on October 29, 2020, Proposed Application Deadline July 15

FCC To Vote on RDOF Schedule and Procedures


The Federal Communications Commission ( “FCC”) is scheduled to vote at its June 9, 2020 Open Meeting on the final procedures for the first phase of the Rural Development Opportunity Fund (“RDOF”) auction (Auction 904), which will provide $16 billion to expand broadband at minimum speeds of 25/3 Mbps to census blocks that are currently wholly unserved.

As such, the FCC is proposing that Auction 904 will begin on October 29, 2020, with the following schedule leading up to that start date:

June 15, 2020 – Online auction tutorial available

July 1, 2020 – Short-form application (FCC Form 183) filing window opens

July 15, 2020 – Short-form application filing window closes

October 14, 2020 – Auction bidding tutorial available online

October 26, 2020 – Mock auction begins

Please note that these dates are just proposed and could be subject to change. More information will be provided as it becomes available.  Please contact Dee Herman at [email protected] or Robin Tuttle [email protected] if you would like to discuss participating in the RDOF auction.