New Mexico ranks 6th in nation; awarded $165 million dollars in opportunity funding.

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) is an FCC initiative designed to invest 20.4 billion dollars in grant money into developing rural broadband networks. The grant will be allocated to internet providers over the next 10 years to help fix the digital divide in rural America. The first phase will grant $9.2 billion, with the final phase getting the rest. The funding will be sent to telcos and other companies operating in 49 states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.