Applications now accepted for $2B broadband auction

Application window closes on March 30

WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission is now accepting applications from broadband providers of all kinds to participate in this summer’s Connect America Fund Phase II reverse auction.  

Areas in the Northern Mariana Islands that are eligible for support from the auction, along with the number of homes and businesses include Rota, with 83 sites; Tinian, with 21 sites; and Saipan, with two.

Providers must submit their applications by March 30, when the application window closes. Providers can apply at 

The auction will make available up to $1.98 billion in support over the next decade to help build out high-speed internet access to up to 1 million homes and small businesses in rural areas across the country that lack service. 

The auction will provide opportunities for new and existing providers using a variety of technologies to compete for support, including phone companies, fixed wireless providers, satellite providers, cable companies, and rural electric utilities.  The auction is scheduled to begin on July 24.

For more information on the Connect America Fund Phase II auction, visit (PR)


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