CAF Phase II Auction


Colorado Broadband Office Funding, News

Updated December 15, 2020

The Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF II) is part of the FCC’s reform and modernization of its universal service support programs. CAF II support is being allocated in two stages:

Price Cap Carrier Accepted Support

Funding was offered to “price cap carriers” on a state-by-state basis. View the Connect America Fund Phase II Accepted Areas Map.

In Colorado, CenturyLink accepted $159 million to serve 53,139 locations. Price cap carriers that accepted CAF Phase II support must complete their deployment by the end of 2020. Deployment data can be found on the Connect America Fund Map.

Auction 903

In areas where the support was declined and in certain other high-cost unserved and underserved areas located in the price cap carriers’ service territories, support was allocated through the CAF Phase II auction (Auction 903).  

Auction 903 ran from July 24, 2018 to August 21, 2018.  103 bidders won $1.49 billion over 10 years to provide fixed broadband and voice services to over 700,000 locations in 45 states.  View the Auction 903 Results Map

In Colorado, 5 winning bidders were awarded $17.4 million to serve 11,001 locations:

  • Commnet Wireless, LLC: $5.5 million for 3,384 locations
  • Inventive Wireless of Nebraska, LLC: $1.5 million for 336 locations
  • NE Colorado Cellular, Inc.: $2.8 million for 731 locations
  • PC Telcorp, Inc.: $387,303 for 33 locations
  • Viasat, Inc.: $7.2 million for 6,517 locations

More Information

For more information, visit the FCC CAF Phase II FAQ page.