Posts by Joan Engebretson

Joan Engebretson is Executive Editor of Telecompetitor. Joan has been writing about telecommunications since 1992. She has been editor-in-chief of two telecom industry publications—Telephony Magazine and America’s Network Magazine.

Under Engebretson’s leadership, America’s Network won several awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, including a 2001 national gold award for her commentary. In 2009, she won best on-line column in min’s Editorial and Design Awards.

Engebretson has a BA in journalism and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Joan can be reached at

Ohio Broadband Grants Would Total $50M Annually, Joins Growing State Level Focus on Broadband

Ohio could be the next state to implement a broadband grant program if a bill that passed the state House of Representatives this week becomes law. The proposed Ohio broadband grants would total up to $50 million annually to cover some of the costs of deploying broadband in unserved or underserved areas, with individual grantees...Learn More

Indatel Digital Realty Deal Connects Rural America with the Cloud

A new Indatel Digital Realty deal aims to connect rural America with major cloud providers. The deal should benefit Indatel’s small telco members and their customers by substantially reducing the cost to connect to major cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, explained Justin Forte, Indatel vice president of sales, in an...Learn More

AT&T: Mobile 5G Trials Yield Gigabit Speeds in Millimeter Wave Bands

AT&T mobile 5G trials are achieving gigabit speeds, the carrier said in a blog post today. The speeds were achieved in trials in three cities using millimeter wave spectrum, the company said. “[W]e’re confident we have all the answers we need to deploy a mobile 5G network that works for people all over the country,”...Learn More

RWA: FCC Proposal to Ban Certain Equipment Manufacturers Would “Irreparably Damage” Broadband Networks

Just two weeks after the FCC released a proposal aimed at preventing small rural carriers from using equipment from certain manufacturers due to security concerns, one rural service provider association is pushing back. The FCC rural equipment ban would “irreparably damage” rural broadband networks, said the Rural Wireless Association in a letter to the commission....Learn More

Open Access Operator A2D Wins Georgia Smart Gigabit City Deal

Open access operator A2D has begun work on a broadband middle-mile and fiber-to-the-premises network in Warner Robins, Georgia through a public/ private partnership with the city. A2D will design the network, oversee construction and manage and maintain it but will not offer service directly to end users, explained A2D Vice President Jerrald Rector in an...Learn More

Verizon Sees Private LTE Network Opportunity with CBRS for Both Licensed and Unlicensed Spectrum

Verizon said yesterday that it is conducting interoperability testing of LTE equipment operating in the CBRS band at the company’s facility in Irving, Texas. In addition to testing equipment and software to support commercial service, technicians also are testing equipment to support private LTE networks. Is this an indication that the carrier expects to provide...Learn More

Wireless Economic Impact Study: Industry Contributes $475 Billion Annually to U.S. GDP

The wireless industry, directly and indirectly, contributed $475 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2016, according to a new wireless economic impact study conducted by Accenture for CTIA – The Wireless Association. That figure represented 2.6% of U.S. GDP for the year. The wireless industry also supports 4.7 million U.S. jobs, including direct...Learn More

Cable Companies’ NCC Media to Sell Targeted Advertising

NCC Media — a company owned by cable operators Charter, Comcast and Cox – said today that it is creating a new division that will “design, deploy and sell unified advertising solutions” that will use “non-personally identifiable data and targeting capabilities to create advanced video advertising products.” The NCC Media targeted advertising offerings will launch...Learn More

Fortification, Reliability Enhancements Part of Multi-Million Dollar Upgrade to Indiana Fiber Network

Indiana Fiber Network has begun a multi-million-dollar upgrade of its statewide network, which is owned by 20 small telcos in the state. The project will increase capacity and enhance reliability, said Darryl Smith, IFN vice president of operations, in an interview. IFN got its start in 2002 and now offers data center, internet backbone and...Learn More

Google Brings Wi-Fi to the School Bus, Creating Rolling Rural Study Halls

Google is bringing Wi-Fi to school busses in rural areas where students have long commutes and may lack internet connectivity at home. The company initially tried what it calls the “rolling study hall” concept in two school districts with strong results and is now expanding the Google Wi-Fi school bus concept to 16 additional school...Learn More

SpaceX Gets FCC Approval for Lower-Latency Satellite Broadband

SpaceX has received FCC approval to offer lower-latency satellite broadband service in the U.S. SpaceX FCC approval paves the way for the company to provide broadband service in remote areas lacking equivalent terrestrial-based offerings. SpaceX, founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk, is best known for rocket launches but is also planning to launch 4,425 satellites in...Learn More

RUS Takes a New Approach to Broadband Loan Applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service has begun accepting RUS broadband loan applications for fiscal year 2018. For years, the program has provided low-interest loans for broadband network construction and is currently operating based on parameters established in the 2014 Farm Bill. There are some changes to the RUS broadband loan application process...Learn More

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