FCC Moves Forward on Rural Broadband, Charter Wins Some Wisconsin Bids

As part of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Phase I, the FCC auctioned off $9.2 billion over 10 years to provide broadband access across the United States.

You can see areas included in phase 1 on this map.

A number of bids for North Central Wisconsin went to Charter (Spectrum) and LTD Broadband.

Brittany Beyer, chair of the state’s broadband access task force, explained communities would benefit from acting now to prepare for service providers.

Beyer said, “if there are any roadblocks, there’s potential that Charter and LTD will be like ‘okay, we’ll put you to the back of the list because you’re hard to deal with.'”

Phase 1 and 2 of RDOF could take over ten years to complete. If you are a community leader looking for more details, you can reach out to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.