By Shawn Thompson, V.P. for Analytics
For state and local governments and their partners, the results of the FCC’s three recent auctions for subsidies and spectrum will have a significant impact on long-term broadband planning. CTC developed interactive tools for analyzing the results of each auction.
The FCC’s reverse auction for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) awarded ongoing subsidies to winning bidders who committed to delivering service at a certain speed and latency in eligible unserved census blocks nationwide. Our tool will allow you to analyze winners by state, county, bidder, tier (speed), and latency. (For additional insight, see our analysis of RDOF results, “FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Was Supposed to Significantly Reduce America’s Rural Broadband Gap,” published by the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society.)
The FCC’s Auction 105 awarded Priority Access Licenses (PAL) in the 3.5 GHz band, also known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). The auction resulted in more than 20,000 licenses being issued to 228 entities across the country. Our tool will allow you to analyze the results by state and bidder.
The FCC’s C-Band Auction 107 is ongoing, with the final rounds scheduled for early January. The C-Band is being auctioned in three blocks, labeled A, B, and C. Our tool will allow you to analyze the results to date by state and block.