• FCC Issues Draft CAF II Bidding Procedures and Rules and Resolves Open Issues
  • February 14, 2018 | Authors: C. Douglas Jarrett; Gregory E. Kunkle
  • Law Firms: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office; Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Last week, the FCC released a draft Public Notice setting out rules, bidding procedures and important dates for the long anticipated Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF II) auction. While this draft document may be modified prior to or even after the FCC’s January 30, 2018, Open Meeting, the strong interest in this auction from both the Chairman’s office and interested services providers, the level of detail in the draft Public Notice and the tentative auction timeline, particularly the filing window for short-form applications (3/19/2018 through 3/30/2018) and the start date for the auction (7/24/2018), strongly indicate the rules and procedures adopted on January 30 will track closely those in the draft Public Notice. The FCC also released a draft Order and Order on Reconsideration resolving several related policy questions.