The CAF II reverse auction started today

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The CAF II reverse auction started today and concludes on the 30th. Viasat is interested. They will have to be able to regular give speeds below or at 100 milliseconds. 10 mbps speed with 1 mbps up. Sale it at a price point comparable to urban areas. Data cap of 150gbps, 100 under special circumstances.  It's going to be very hard for them to consistently offer latency at or below 100 mbps and this is one of the very few avenues that viasat has for growth. 
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Oliver

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Well it knows all the locals under provided for. I'd guess it would build those out. I wonder if the new small ground stations could be a leed up to that. Use them as hubs.
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Ronald Stricklin

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They have very little chance of winning. Keeping the latency consistently below 100 milliseconds. The average latency is 638 for satellite communications. This is their last potential chance for growth and all other avenues for growth have dried up. 
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Viasat and Hughes both have their hands in this Cookie Jar.

A rural Telco in my area also is interested in this auction.  I talked to them months ago about this auction...fingers crossed.  Telcos can cross over their POTS turfs when they are laying fiber, unless existing telco plans to lay fiber.  Mine is AT&T, which has no plans in my area.

BTW, "give speeds below or at 100 milliseconds"  in first post.  How about using the term "latency?"
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Viasat and Hughes are bidders. They do not have their hands in the cookie jar. Overall this auction is heavily weighted against them. They will be able to take some of the lower population tracks but they will specifically need the funding. In addition to the broadband requirements they also one other requirement. They will have to offer voice services, which they already do, but they will have to offer these voice services stand alone. Any potential customer in any area they claim, they will have to offer voice service with out broadband if that customer doesn't desire broadband.
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As for ATT there is no incentive in this auction bigger than the incentive that ATT already has. Firstnet.
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The big Telcos were able to crave out areas within their turf in  Connect America Fund Phase II...once they declared specific areas, the smaller guys could pick-n-choose outside of big telcos proposed new turf.  Here is a US/Hawaii/etc map of accepted PC funding...you have to zoom in on map to find where.

As far as Hughes and Viasat goes, what areas they get, I really doubt that many new customers will come onboard, unless price is really low.  People who want Internet, are already onboard with either provider.

But, like in my case, if fiber does come my way....Goodbye Satellite....Hello Broadband!  Even 10 Mbps is just fine...latency is not an issue for me.  Satellite has been good overall, but its the bucket size that sucks for me.  I'm still on  10gig plan, and have no intentions of forking over more money per month for a larger bucket.


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FWIW: Important Policy Outcomes from the Pending CAF II Reverse Auction
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One significant question that will be answered later this summer or early in the fall is the distribution of the performance tiers among the winning bids: Gigabit–Gbps/500 Mbps, Above Baseline–100/20 Mbps, Baseline–25/3 Mbps, and Minimum–10/1 Mbps. This should inform the FCC, Congress and the public as to whether the current fixed broadband benchmark of 25/3 Mbps should be retained or increased. The winning bids will indicate what speeds are reasonably doable in many rural areas. An answer to a related question is whether the distribution of winning bidders tracks the diversity of qualified applicants.

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Tonight, on this edition of attack of the spam...
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At least he's polite.
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I appears that English might be the spammers third language. 
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yeah. Didn't even get my coffee yet (Matt B famously isn't a coffee drinker, but with an infant at home I live and die by it).

I used to get excited when I blog I run had comments because I thought I had some readers but they were things like that comment. They were polite though, didn't make a lick of sense but polite.