Industry News – 1-31-20

Yesterday, the FCC approved the $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (Commissioners Rosenworcel and Starks dissenting in part), with an accompanying news release saying that the first phase of the fund will begin later this year and devote $16 billion to census blocks unserved with fixed broadband at the 25/3 Mbps speed. A release from Rosenworcel offered that, “In the end, this is not the broadband plan we need. It is not guided by maps. It is not guided by data. It is guided by a desire to rush out the door, claim credit and pronounce our nation’s broadband problems solved.”