With the announcement of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) by the FCC in January 2020, the federal government has proposed the largest ever investment to close the digital divide in parts of rural America that are still underserved.
In early December 2020, the FCC announced that 180 qualified bidders won $9.2 billion in RDOF phase I awards to service 5.2 million locations in 49 states and the Northern Mariana Islands.
After this announcement, the in-depth “long-form” applications will be due in just a few months. These forms include detailed information about project plans, technology, system design, certifications, etc.
The ideal geospatial strategy
In the context of designing planned network buildouts for RDOF funding, an ideal geospatial strategy includes automated network designs, intuitive visualization tools, and electronic data sharing to adjacent stakeholders.
To design this strategy, service providers need to first look for a comprehensive geospatial platform that can not only securely store all flavors of geospatial data but has advanced capabilities to analyze and engage with your data either over desktop, web, or mobile applications. One such platform is Esri’s ArcGIS GIS system.
In addition, Comsof Fiber natively utilizes ArcGIS geospatial analytical tools to enable optimal execution of FTTx network estimates, plans, and designs. Comsof Fiber uses design automation to help service providers achieve up to 90%-time savings in planning activities and up to 10% and more in cost savings.
Learn about the added values of ESRI’s ArcGIS and the integrated Comsof Fiber solution for your upcoming RDOF project.