CenturyLink has warned the FCC that the company may not meet deadlines for completing broadband deployments funded through the CAF (Connect America Fund) program. In a meeting with senior commission officials this week, CenturyLink representatives attributed the deployment delays to the COVID-19 pandemic and asked the commission for a deployment deadline extension.
In a letter that CenturyLink sent to the FCC summarizing the meeting, the company noted a range of reasons why the pandemic was causing CAF deployment delays, including:
Some localities have mandated a complete work stoppage that extends to broadband deployment.
Numerous permitting agencies are shut down or have scaled back operations, substantially reducing their ability to process permit applications.
Higher instances of backorders and product unavailability for electronics, fiber and other equipment needed for broadband deployment.
It’s a shame it’s happening just when end users need it the most.