UPDATE The FCC on Friday identified more than 400 applicants in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Phase I auction (Auction 904) that submitted the long-form applications. A spreadsheet, available on the Results tab of the Auction 904 web page, at www.fcc.gov/auction/904, identifies the long-form applicants. It also lists the number of census blocks and locations, as well as the support amounts, by state, associated with each entity.
Where applicable, winning bidders that assigned bids to applicants or winning bidders that made name changes are also identified. In addition, the FCC lists the eligible census blocks associated with each long-form applicant.
Long-form applications were due January 29. They include more information than awardees provided previously covering qualifications, funding, and the network that they intend to use to meet their obligations. Observers are keenly interested in the new information; Inside Towers reported many have questioned the qualifications of the awardees.
The top 10 winners of RDOF Phase 1 auction will take home just over three quarters (76 percent) of the total $9.2 billion in funding awarded through the auction. The top bidders and the amounts they were awarded were announced in December.
The RDOF auction was structured differently than other Commission spectrum auctions. The event used a multi-round, descending clock auction format. Bidders under that format indicated in each round whether they would commit to provide service to an area at a given performance tier and latency at the current round’s support amount.