Jonathan McCormack has been named deputy director of the FCC's Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force. 

McCormack is an attorney adviser in the FCC's Office of Economics and Analytics. 

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The task force implements the reverse auctions of USF funds for the FCC's high-cost program, which are subsidies for areas too costly to justify a private sector business case for building it out without some help from the government. Those are mostly rural areas. 

That includes both the CAF II fund--the FCC Monday (Dec. 16) handed out more CAF II money to winning bidders--and the proposed $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auctions.