WTA Files Comments on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

On September 20, WTA filed comments in response to the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to create the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. In its comments, WTA stated that the “CAF Phase II Auction procedures that were previously employed in a reverse auction for areas with no existing high-speed broadband service must be revised substantially before they can be employed effectively, efficiently and equitably in areas that already have existing high-speed 10/1 Mbps broadband networks and customers. Where substantial numbers of existing broadband customers are present, the Commission must design reverse auction procedures to give priority to customer service and protection considerations over the goal of driving high-cost support disbursements down to the lowest possible level.”