Three questions to ask yourself when applying for RDOF
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently introduced the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) in an effort to expand digital equity to underserved communities across the nation. The $20.4 billion fund is intended to extend broadband services to both household and business users over the next 10 years. The dedicated funds will help rural communities implement reliable, high-speed infrastructure to connect digitally. Obtaining funding is just the first step toward broadband deployment.
If you’re looking to apply, or want to reserve a spot for consideration, short forms are due July 15 with the auction slated for October 29, 2020. But there is a lot more to it than just applying, how do you move forward or know what to expect next?
Often our clients will approach us before securing funding to ask, “What are the requirements?” The answer to that question is truly unique to each customer. Some communities have never had the means to pursue broadband implementation. If that is your situation and you’re seeking assistance applying for funding resources and understanding the specifics, ask yourself
- What do I already know about the community and its digital offerings and Would a feasibility study benefit me?
A feasibility study will identify the most cost-effective solutions as well as outline recommendations and highlight project priorities. These studies can also include preliminary design services to give your community an understanding of the implementation options.
Now, if you’ve already completed a feasibility study and have grant funding available, a different approach can be taken.
First, ask yourself the following:
- Does my scope of work align with my goals and budget?
- What type of services are needed?
- Is there a need for environmental, right-of-way, survey, and/or public outreach?
Navigating options can be overwhelming and selecting a firm that is familiar with the application process and developing projects that are commensurate with funding requirements is important. If you’re looking for guidance regarding RDOF funding, our teams are committed to improving communities and we know that in the digital age, broadband is a commodity that communities need in order to thrive.
Whether it’s a feasibility study you need, or assistance with identifying a scope of work to ensure your goals and budget are met, we offer services well beyond the limits of design and engineering, so you don’t have to go it alone. We’ll work alongside you, enhancing your community with a project team that will address every facet of the broadband deployment process from start to finish.
Contact Dustin Maier, Senior Telecommunication Engineer and Market Manager at KLJ to take full advantage of the possibilities available through RDOF.
You can reach Dustin at 701-355-8780 or Dustin.Maier@kljeng.com.