Goto Section: 54.804 | 54.806 | Table of Contents

FCC 54.805
Revised as of October 22, 2020
Goto Year:2020 | 2022
  §  54.805   Rural Digital Opportunity Fund public interest obligations.

   (a) Recipients of Rural Digital Opportunity Fund support are required
   to offer broadband service with latency suitable for real-time
   applications, including Voice over internet Protocol, and usage
   capacity that is reasonably comparable to comparable offerings in urban
   areas, at rates that are reasonably comparable to rates for comparable
   offerings in urban areas. For purposes of determining reasonable
   comparable usage capacity, recipients are presumed to meet this
   requirement if they meet or exceed the usage level announced by public
   notice issued by the Wireline Competition Bureau. For purposes of
   determining reasonable comparability of rates, recipients are presumed
   to meet this requirement if they offer rates at or below the applicable
   benchmark to be announced annually by public notice issued by the
   Wireline Competition Bureau, or no more than the non-promotional prices
   charged for a comparable fixed wireline service in urban areas in the
   state or U.S. Territory where the eligible telecommunications carrier
   receives support.

   (b) Recipients of Rural Digital Opportunity Fund support are required
   to offer broadband service meeting the performance standards for the
   relevant performance tier.

   (1) Rural Digital Opportunity Fund support recipients meeting the
   minimum performance tier standards are required to offer broadband
   service at actual speeds of at least 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps
   upstream and offer a minimum usage allowance of 250 GB per month, or
   that reflects the average usage of a majority of fixed broadband
   customers as announced annually by the Wireline Competition Bureau over
   the 10-year term.

   (2) Rural Digital Opportunity Fund support recipients meeting the
   baseline performance tier standards are required to offer broadband
   service at actual speeds of at least 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps
   upstream and offer a minimum usage allowance of 250 GB per month, or
   that reflects the average usage of a majority of fixed broadband
   customers as announced annually by the Wireline Competition Bureau over
   the 10-year term.

   (2) Rural Digital Opportunity Fund support recipients meeting the
   above-baseline performance tier standards are required to offer
   broadband service at actual speeds of at least 100 Mbps downstream and
   20 Mbps upstream and offer at least 2 terabytes of monthly usage.

   (3) Rural Digital Opportunity Fund support recipients meeting the
   Gigabit performance tier standards are required to offer broadband
   service at actual speeds of at least 1 Gigabit per second downstream
   and 500 Mbps upstream and offer at least 2 terabytes of monthly usage.

   (4) For each of the tiers in paragraphs (b)(1) through (3) of this
   section, bidders are required to meet one of two latency performance
   levels:

   (i) Low-latency bidders will be required to meet 95 percent or more of
   all peak period measurements of network round trip latency at or below
   100 milliseconds; and

   (ii) High-latency bidders will be required to meet 95 percent or more
   of all peak period measurements of network round trip latency at or
   below 750 ms and, with respect to voice performance, demonstrate a
   score of four or higher using the Mean Opinion Score (MOS).

   (c) Recipients of Rural Digital Opportunity Fund support are required
   to bid on category one telecommunications and internet access services
   in response to a posted FCC Form 470 seeking broadband service that
   meets the connectivity targets for the schools and libraries universal
   service support program for eligible schools and libraries (as
   described in § 54.501) located within any area in a census block where
   the carrier is receiving Rural Digital Opportunity Fund support. Such
   bids must be at rates reasonably comparable to rates charged to
   eligible schools and libraries in urban areas for comparable offerings.

   


Goto Section: 54.804 | 54.806

Goto Year: 2020 | 2022
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