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Utilities Telecom Council
UTC Supports Framework for Connect America Fund Phase II Auction
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) and the Rural Broadband Council (RBC) applaud the FCC's adoption of the initial framework for the Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF Phase II) auction, which will enable utilities to access funding to deploy future-proof, robust, affordable and reliable broadband services for rural America. The framework identifies latency and usage allowances, as well as speed, as criteria for evaluating prospective bids to provide broadband to unserved areas. UTC and the RBC believe that it is important to use these criteria and to set metrics that will promote the deployment of broadband services, which are "reasonably comparable" to the quality and price of services that are available in urban areas. UTC looks forward to working with the FCC to develop the rules for the CAF Phase II auction, including the rules for the allocation of funding in and among the census blocks in unserved areas.