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Infrastructure Bill, Broadband, and the 7 FCC Steps

What are the 7 Steps the FCC should take on broadband?

  1. Enable stakeholders to debate (and the FCC to analyze) what COVID-19 taught us.
  2. Survey whether there is a critical mass of states interested in using the reverse auction mechanism.
  3. Anchor institutions to the mapping process.
  4. Postpone the second Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction
  5. Lower the contribution factor to reflect congressional appropriations
  6. Accelerate the RDOF review process and detail staff with expertise in that process to the NTIA
  7. Commence a process for stakeholders to debate, and the FCC to resolve, how best to reform the universal service mandate

More at: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2021/08/16/seven-steps-the-fcc-should-take-on-broadband-in-response-to-the-infrastructure-bill/

Broadband really is a major topic with major funding coming.  The WNC Broadband Project is here to advocate for future-proof broadband for all Western North Carolinians. 

Contact any member of the WNC Broadband Project with any questions.


Levin B. Seven steps the FCC should take on broadband in response to the infrastructure bill. Brookings. Published August 16, 2021. Accessed August 23, 2021. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2021/08/16/seven-steps-the-fcc-should-take-on-broadband-in-response-to-the-infrastructure-bill/

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Federal Dollars for WNC Broadband

Seven westernmost counties are receiving $45 million of the total $166 million coming to the state under the program.”

State Senator Kevin Corbin

In an announcement on his Facebook Page, he says of the total 155,000 customers in North Carolina that these projects will serve, 35,000 are in his seven counties.


Lacey, D. (2021, February 25). Federal dollars to fund broadband efforts from SpaceX, Charter in WNC. The Asheville Citizen Times; Asheville Citizen Times. https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2021/02/25/federal-dollars-fund-broadband-efforts-spacex-charter-wnc/4572907001/

https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/0b324cabf7b94d9ca34caa9361122d94/?fbclid=IwAR1_2u9eFNeqUNgNuLvPhBlAwiODR3Zy7YPMLvKHOhZKEVXGzv7KTsauxgc

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About $45M in Federal Grants for Broadband Expansion in WNC

Our Western North Carolina Broadband Team Leader, Kevin Jones:

Looks like several WNC counties will be getting around $45M in RDOF funding.

Kevin Jones

Stagg Newman, Retired FCC Technologist and also a WNC Broadband Project Team Lead adds:

These grants help a bit. In Buncombe County, we have estimated that we have at least 15,000 Households without available future proof broadband service as defined in the Buncombe County RFP. These federal grants only address less than 1500 lines in Buncombe County, so less than 10% of the problem. I think the situation is similar in Henderson County and probably in other counties. So a small step in the right directions. The problem is most of the unserved areas do not qualify as totally unserved census blocks under the FCC Rural Development Opportunity Fund (RDOF). Congress mandated in 2019 that the FCC fix their mapping problem but only funded the FCC to do so in December of 2020. It will likely take the FCC at least two years to do so. The next $10 B of RDOF money will not be available until after the FCC fixes the maps.

Stagg Newman

In the WLOS video, Senator Kevin Corbin talks about the importance of broadband in Western North Carolina

WLOS – Sen. Kevin Corbin – (R) District 50

Dr. Shelley White, President of Haywood Community College also references in the WLOS video the broadband client-access benefits for their Small Business Center.

WLOS – Dr. Shelley White, President, Haywood Community College

Hodge, R. (2021, February 16). About $45 million in federal grants will help expand broadband in WNC. WLOS; WLOS. https://wlos.com/news/local/federal-grants-to-help-rural-counties-expand-broadband

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WNC Red-Green?

FCC Broadband Opportunity Map

RDOF Phase 1 Results

Is your rural Western North Carolina community striving for broadband?

Is Starlink low earth satellite a possibility for your internet needs?

The Federal Communication Committee has developed a drillable map of ‘Rural Digital Opportunity Funding‘ or RDOF – Phase 1 results by:

  • Gigabit: low latency
  • Above baseline; low latency
  • Above baseline; high latency
  • Baseline; low latency
  • Minimum; low latency
  • No Winning Bidder

https://www.fcc.gov/reports-research/maps/rdof-phase-i-dec-2020/

Contact a member of the WNC Broadband Project Team to learn more about getting dependable, high-speed internet in your community.

Also See

5G in WNC

Challenges Facing Satellite-Based Internet

Frequently Asked Questions About Broadband

Latency and Satellite for Internet Service…

Delay is the time that it takes for the bits of information or data to get across the network and back. Delay is typically measured in milliseconds (msec) or 1/1000th of a second. Two-way applications, such as conferencing, are sensitive to delay. Minimal delay is also very important in interactive gaming applications. For today’s Internet access, 20 msec is excellent. Most applications can tolerate delay of two to three times this length without an adverse effect.

Broadband Latency

Nelius, J. (2020, December 11). Here’s Where SpaceX Has Promised to Provide Starlink Internet. Gizmodo; Gizmodo. https://gizmodo.com/heres-where-spacex-has-promised-to-provide-starlink-int-1845850942

Federal Communications Commission. (2020). Federal Communications Commission. https://www.fcc.gov/reports-research/maps/rdof-phase-i-dec-2020/