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Make your rural broadband opportunity a long-term success


The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) is a unique opportunity to bring life-enhancing broadband to millions of Americans and help rural communities thrive. With ultra-broadband connectivity everybody wins: 

  • Consumers in rural America will improve the way they live, work and play

  • Utility companies and carriers will enhance their own business

  • Governments will help rural areas to prosper 

U.S. Representative Mike Doyle, Chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, on Policies for bringing broadband to all Americans


Letter from Ed Cholerton, President of Customer Operations, Americas

Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

Rural broadband is vital for getting the U.S. economy and our society going again. Our industry has a great responsibility to bring technologies that will make our society smarter, safer and better – no matter what. This is important now more than ever, as proven by the digital divide during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bridge the digital divide in our communities, and we are here to ensure that we as a nation achieve this mission.


Nokia is here to help

We are committed to helping you succeed by creating a sustainable and profitable rural broadband business. Our solutions are optimized for rural broadband and can be evolved to 10 Gigabit and software-defined network (SDN) infrastructure – whenever you are ready for it. Our solutions enhance the user experience inside the home to drive take-up and revenues – everybody will want to be connected to your network. Additionally, intelligent insight and analytics solutions will enable you to operate your network seamlessly and grow your businesses over time.  

Our credentials 

Nokia is #1 in North America for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) solutions and #1 globally for next-generation passive optical networks (NG-PON). Not only was Nokia the first to build Gigabit and 10 Gigabit networks in the US., the U.S. is also home to our fiber and fixed wireless access R&D centers. We are a partner of choice to the leading service providers both here in the U.S. and worldwide. We take best practices and advanced features from around the world and make them available to rural service providers. We have a proven track record of success in the U.S. and worldwide: Chattanooga, TN, Bristol, TN and Dalton, GA, to name just a few. 
Since COVID began impacting our lives, it’s no longer just about connectivity – it’s also about vulnerability. Unserved and underserved households are, at best, economically vulnerable. At worst, they lack access to life-enhancing and potentially life-saving services. RDOF is an opportunity to help our communities and build a sustainable, profitable broadband business. Our experts will be focusing to support you in the coming months. Let us know how we can help and if you have any questions.

How we can help you?

Nokia as the right partner

With Nokia as your partner, you can effectively navigate the RDOF opportunity and build a deployment plan that will serve your co-op into the future. Nokia has helped power utilities across the globe leverage their infrastructure to offer innovative new broadband services. We can provide you with planning, guidance, solutions and trusted expertise to help you offer new utility-grade broadband services, while at the same time improving the reliability and effectiveness of your grid communications network. 


Leading provider in North America:

  • #1 market share in GPON in North America

  • #1 market share in XGS-PON worldwide

  • Member of Fibre Broadband Association and NRECA

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