(Reuters) — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted on Tuesday to adopt auction procedures to , including nearly 6 million unserved rural homes and businesses.
The FCC voted to commence the auction on Oct. 29. Auction applicants will be required to offer voice and broadband services in unserved locations in over 10 years.
The three FCC Republican commissioners approved the proposal, while the two Democrats dissented in part.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, said Americans without access to high-speed internet “deserve access as soon as possible. They cannot afford to wait… while we work to develop new, more granular broadband coverage maps” that will be used to award a subsequent $4 billion.
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