The Innovation Fund has now released $140 million, with the ACCoRD project being the fourth and final award under the initial notice of funding opportunity. This project aims to establish a testing, evaluation, and research and development center in the Dallas Technology Corridor, with a satellite facility in the Washington, D.C. area.
The goal of the ACCoRD project is to test network performance, interoperability, and security while also developing new testing methods. This center will be led by a consortium of industry and academic organizations, including AT&T and Verizon.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) awarded $42.3 million for this project as part of its ongoing efforts to develop open and interoperable networks. With this funding, the Innovation Fund has already distributed $140 million towards these goals.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo stated that this program will support efforts to unlock new opportunities for America to lead in the global telecommunications market, strengthen supply chains, and drive down costs. The ACCoRD project represents an important step towards achieving these objectives by creating a centralized testing facility that can help ensure compatibility across different networks and devices.