CONNECT AMERICA FUND: Working for a Cost-Effective, Performance-Based Subsidy System
WISPA is working to influence the shape of the upcoming Connect America Fund (CAF II) auction. The FCC is expected to vote on January 30 on rules that will govern the CAF II “reverse auction,” in which companies will bid to receive portions of a $2 billion fund to support voice and broadband deployment in under-served areas over the next 10 years.
Over the last two years, WISPA has promoted a framework for the auction that would be technology-neutral, cost-effective, and performance-based, and we’ve had some success. However, at this point, we are concerned the FCC’s rules will be needlessly complex and restrictive, and will result in fewer small broadband providers being deemed eligible to participate.
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