Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF)

Colorado Broadband Office Funding, News

Updated May 20, 2020

On January 30, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission adopted the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Report and Order, which establishes the framework for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), a $20.4 billion fund to bring high speed fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses. 

On May 19, 2020 the Commission released a Draft Public Notice establishing procedures for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction which will be considered at the June 9, 2020 FCC Open Meeting.

What you need to know:

  • $20.4 billion will be awarded using reverse auctions in two phases.
  • The Phase I auction (Auction 904), totaling $16 billion
  • Colorado has approximately 99,000 preliminary eligible locations totaling $690 million in eligible funding.
  • Proposed timeline (as outlined in Draft Public Notice which will be considered at the June 9, 2020 FCC Open Meeting):
    • July 1-15, 2020: Short-Form Application (FCC Form 183) Filing Window
    • October 26, 2020: Mock Auction Begins
    • October 29, 2020: Auction Begins

Useful Links:


Initial Eligible Areas – Colorado (data processed by the CBO):

To provide an overview of preliminary eligible areas in Colorado, the CBO has processed the initial eligible areas and created the following:

Eligible Areas and Challenges (Shapefiles and CSVs)

Preliminary Eligible Areas – Colorado
This data is a subset of the eligible census blocks released on March 17, 2020 containing Colorado Census Blocks. The attributes also includes the challenge data listed below.

Challenges – Colorado
Note: The FCC does not aggregate challenge data, so the CBO staff attempted to identify, download, and aggregate challenge in Colorado. We may have missed something! We do not guarantee this data to be complete. The data includes challenges from the following companies: CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Consolidated Communications, Skybeam, Vyve, Wiggins, and Zirkel.

Initial Eligible Areas (data from FCC):

Public Notice announcing the release of the preliminary list: 

The preliminary list of the eligible census block, associated Census Block Groups and Tracts, and Reserve Prices are available in CSV and Shapefile format here:

The Initial Eligible Areas are also viewable in the FCC’s online map of Auction 904 Initial Eligible Areas

Supporting Data:


FCC RDOF Phase I Auction Webinar For Government Officials (May 20, 2020)

More information

CBO RDOF Auction 904 Ask the Experts Webinar (May 12, 2020)

Click here to download Slides. Visit the event page for more information

Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I Auction Webinar (May 5, 2020)

Webinar slides can be downloaded at:

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