PITTSBURGH, June 9, 2020 – ACA Connects President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s vote today to move forward on the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF):
“ACA Connects supports today’s action by the FCC to move forward with the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund program, which will bring higher-performance broadband service to millions of unserved locations. With the RDOF, the FCC also takes another step to ensure limited government funding will be distributed more efficiently by giving providers of all stripes, including ACA Connects members, a fair and reasonable opportunity to participate in the program.
“Just as with the 2018 Connect America Fund auction, we expect many ACA Connects members will seek to take part in October’s RDOF auction. In the end, the winners will be consumers in unserved areas, who will get upgraded broadband service, and the American public, who will see government funding used more effectively.”
About ACA Connects: America’s Communications Association – Based in Pittsburgh, ACA Connects is a trade organization representing more than 700 smaller and medium-sized, independent companies that provide broadband, phone and video services to nearly 8 million customers primarily located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America. Through active participation in the regulatory and legislative process in Washington, D.C., ACA Connects’ members work together to advance the interests of their customers and ensure the future competitiveness and viability of their businesses. For more information, visit: http://www.ACAConnects.org