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386 bidders cleared to participate in US rural broadband auction

19.10.2020
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SpaceX qualifies to bid in spite of latency concerns

Ars Technica reports that the Federal Communications Commission has included SpaceX on the list of 386 entities qualified to bid for a share of its ‘Rural Digital Opportunity Fund’ (RDOF). The fund will distribute up to $16 billion to ISPs. SpaceX, with its Starlink low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite service, appears to have satisfied the FCC that it can meet the latency threshold of less than 100ms. The FCC had previously stated that problems of ‘real-world performance’ meant that that LEO providers would struggle to obtain approval to bid, and SpaceX is the only one to be included. The auction begins on October 29th, 2020.

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Ars Technica reports that the Federal Communications Commission has included SpaceX on the list of 386 entities qualified to bid for a share of its ‘Rural Digital Opportunity Fund’ (RDOF).

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