The FCC's Jonathan Chambers, Chief, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, took time today to post a synopsis of their Rural Broadband Experiment auction process to date.
From our perspective, we applaud the government’s attempt to serve these under served areas and the use of an innovative auction approach. Though we did not see all the applicants and their bids, we can only assume they represent a broad spectrum of projects, technologies and suppliers. The FCC notes they "received 575 bids from 181 different entities to cover homes and small businesses in over 75,000 census blocks in rural areas in every state in the country."
The hard work now begins by validating the technology, experience and capabilities of the winners, which by no means is an easy task. Too many times “vaporware”, or it’s rural broad band equivalent, have evaporated in the harsh light of implementation. When it’s time for the rubber to meet the road, especially if it’s well “off road”, experience and expertise are critically important if these projects and the residents are to reach their full potential.
As always, RESOLUTE Partners wishes all auction winners the very best in their implementations. If you're looking for a partner with decades of experience in government contracts, we would be honored for to you contact us.