More than 90 cooperatives have joined Conexon’s reformed Rural Electric Cooperative RDOF Consortium

Join the only Consortium with PROVEN FCC auction success!

Auction Timetable and Deadlines for the RDOF Phase 1 Auction:

Jun 9, 2020 - RDOF Procedures Adopted
Jun 26, 2020 - Second Eligible Census Block List Released
July 1, 2020 - Short-Form Application Filing Window Opened
July 15, 2020 - Short-Form Application Filing Deadline
Aug 14, 2020 - Final Eligible Census Block Released
Aug 14, 2020 - Initial Bidders Approved
Sep 18, 2020 - Final Bidders Approved
Oct 26, 2020 - Mock Auction
Oct 29, 2020 - Bidding Begins
Nov 24, 2020 - Bidding Ends
Dec 18, 2020 (6:00 p.m. ET) - Form 683 Divide Winning Bids Window Closes
Jan 4, 2020 (10:00 a.m. ET) - Form 683 Long-Form Filing Window Opens
Jan 15, 2021 (6:00 p.m. ET) - Form 683 Long-Form Filing Deadline
Feb 5, 2021 (6:00 p.m. ET) - Form 683 Letter of credit commitment letters, detailed technology and system design descriptions due
May 20, 2021 (6:00 p.m. ET) - Form 683 ETC designations and certification letters, and audited financial statements (if applicable), due
August –December 2021 - Monthly funding begins

Conexon offers an unmatched breadth and depth of government funding auction and expertise coupled with a commitment to helping electric cooperatives like yours serve 100% of members with world-class broadband communications.

Proven auction success

Designed, assembled, and led the largest most successful cooperative bidding consortium in FCC history (2018 Connect America Fund II), placing nearly 9,000 bids for co-ops, winning $186 million-plus for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks.

25 years of FCC auction and legislative experience

Success inside the FCC, and influencing legislation and advocating on behalf of electric co-ops.

Interactive RDOF MAP

Identifies your total possible funding, drilling down to census block, substation and feeders; gives you full visibility into your competitors’ territories; prevents you from bidding on census blocks that may be too costly to serve.

Funding expertise

Secured more than $250 million in federal and state funding for electric cooperatives.

Operational experience

We work exclusively with electric cooperatives to build fiber networks and we have managed or built more miles of fiber than any provider or carrier in the nation.

The Conexon team has worked with cooperative clients across the country – ranging from those with densities as low as 1 to 2 meters per mile to co-ops that rank among the largest and fastest-growing in the nation – helping them secure the funding to make possible fiber-to-the-home networks throughout their territories.

Testimonials from Your Electric Cooperative Peers:

"Cooperatives take care of cooperatives, there’s no doubt about it. ”

Mitchell Johnson"We believe in the principle of cooperation among cooperatives and how can we form together as that coop group in the state.  The consortium is a good example. To get the most benefit for Mississippi, for our members and our communities, all of which depend on each other. "

- Loi, East Mississippi EPA


"Conexon has a proven record of winning over $200 million in previous government auctions. ”

"That gives us high confidence in them. One of the things with Conexon we really like as far as RDOF funding goes, was that we knew Jonathan had huge influence on the rulemaking at the FCC, so we feel comfortable with him having previously worked at the FCC."

- Louis Lee, Coast EPA


"Randy and Jonathan have been valuable partners and instrumental to our success.”

Mitchell JohnsonAs a co-op, we’re committed to ensuring our members and communities have access to all of the societal, education and economic benefits that world-class broadband delivers, backed by our cooperative commitment to make lives better. Conexon’s expertise and support have made a tremendous difference in our ability to do that. "

- Mitchell Johnson, President and CEO, Ozarks Electric Cooperative

CAF II Award: $23M


“The regulatory support of Jonathan and the team in Washington has been invaluable."

Steve Bandy"Having someone help you understand what funds and areas are available and making sure you don’t leave available money on the table is a huge benefit.”

- Steve Bandy, General Manager, OzarksGo

CAF II Award: $23M


“Jonathan and Randy were instrumental in working with our team to get that funding for our project...

Jason Strongand it changed our financials dramatically. The $22.6 million gives us some breathing room. It helps our broadband subsidiary become profitable so much quicker, moving up our break-even point and positive cash flow.”

- Jason Strong, Vice President, Engineering, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative

CAF II Award $22.6M


"The availability of affordable, high-quality internet service has the power to changes lives and communities...

Mel Colemanespecially in rural areas that have been left behind by other providers. Thanks in part to Conexon's expertise, we now have the funding and operational support to deliver broadband to our communities in a way that is financially viable and benefits our electric side as well."

- Mel Coleman, CEO, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative

CAF II Award: $22.6M


“I was ecstatic after the auction. Thanks to Conexon, we were extremely successful."

Aaron Bradshaw"The CAF II funding has allowed us to expand our service to meet the needs of additional areas that otherwise would be underserved or unserved. And although we were always on target for a successful ROI, our timelines for that are shortened considerably with the CAF II funds.”

- Aaron Bradshaw, CEO, Co-Mo Electric Cooperative

CAF II Award: $22M


“The CAF money changed our economic picture significantly. "

Gary Wood"Having that revenue guaranteed for the first 10 years gives us the breathing room to work through growing pains. The biggest benefit is that it offsets the losses in first few years when otherwise we would be building significant debt to the co-op.”

- Gary Wood, President & CEO, Central Virginia Electric Cooperative

CAF II Award: $28.6M
ReConnect Award: $28M


“The CAF II funding had a significant cash flow impact."

BArret"It means less borrowing for the project, which is helpful for the cooperative from an equity perspective.”

Barret Ewing, Engineer and Operations Director, Wave Rural Connect (Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative)

CAF II Award: $4.7M


“That before and after review demonstrated what the auction meant to our co-op."

Tim Smith"The results of the CAF II award mean we will not be subsidizing the build-out from the electric side, which is important for us. We had no idea of the magnitude of the auction, but Conexon did and that’s part of the value they bring to a partnership.”

Tim Smith, General Manager, East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative

CAF II Award: $22.5M


“We rely on Conexon to help identify and secure the funding that will enable us to build outside our territory and serve members faster."

Sean"We were successful in the 2018 Connect America Fund II and are confident about the upcoming (RDOF) opportunity.”

Sean Vanslyke, CEO/General Manager, SEMO Electric

CAF II Award: $2M


"The ReConnect funding will move up our break-even point for Forked Deer and allow us to shave nearly a year off the original three-year deployment."

Jeff Newman"Conexon has been an invaluable partner in funding support. The ReConnect grant creates a totally new financial picture for us and allows us to serve all our members faster than we had anticipated.”

- Jeff Newman, CEO, Forked Deer Electric Cooperative Inc.

ReConnect Grant: $2.85M


“It was obvious from the first call how knowledgeable Jonathan was about the ins and outs of the auction...

Casey Loganand the expertise on Conexon’s staff was clear. It was a no-brainer to join the consortium and we were very successful.

“In fact, since Conexon’s CAF II success, other consultants are coming out of the woodwork saying they can help us with the upcoming Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), but we’re staying with Conexon, joining its consortium again. We know they have the knowledge and understanding of the bidding structure and the experience to be successful.”

- Casey Logan, CEO, Prince George Electric Cooperative

CAF II Award: $15.4M


“Jon explained to us the advantages of being a rural co-op and pole owner."

Tim JohnsonHe was an expert in where the funding was and how it would be distributed. His experience was invaluable. Ultimately Conexon hit a home run in designing our bids.”

- Tim Johnson, CEO, Otsego Electric Cooperative

NY & CAF II Awards: $14M


“United Fiber won a significant amount in the CAF II auction."

Jim BagleyThis was made possible by hard work, strategy and choosing the right partners. We would not have been successful without the help of the Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium and Conexon. Working together provided United with the expertise to successfully navigate the auction and win over $20 million. This money will change lives in northwest Missouri!”

- Jim Bagley, CEO/General Manager, United Electric Cooperative

CAF II Award: $20M


“The $20 million we were awarded has made a huge difference in our buildout...

David Gervangiving us the opportunity to build out our high-cost areas. We would have struggled to do so without it.”

- David Girvan, COO, United Fiber

CAF II Award: $20M


"Conexon was instrumental in developing and implementing a successful strategy that helped us secure funding through the CAF II auction process."

Bob Hance"Not only does this support enable us to hit key financial targets, we can now reach new markets and customers while doing our part to help close the rural/urban digital divide that exists in our country.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with Conexon in the upcoming Rural Digital Opportunity Fund in 2020!"

- Bob Hance, President & CEO, Midwest Energy & Communications

CAF II Award: $5.2M


“Jonathan Chambers and the team knew how the auction works...

Timwhich meant we didn’t have to worry about the mechanics of the auction or learn all of the aspects of it."

- Tim Smith, General Manager, East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative

CAF II Award: $22M

Advance preparation is crucial for the upcoming RDOF auction.

Join the Leading Rural Electric Coop Consortium

As a result of Conexon’s efforts, more than 150 co-ops are in the early stages exploring the opportunity to bring economic, educational and societal advantages to their communities and the members they serve with nearly 40 designing and constructing networks today. Contact us for a zero-cost Electric Cooperative consultation.