FCC’s O’Rielly: Any New Federal Broadband Funding Should Go to USF

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As lawmakers consider making new funding available for infrastructure initiatives, which could include broadband, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly argued in a blog post today that any new federal broadband funding should be directed to the high-cost Universal Service Fund (USF) program. In the blog post,...Learn More

VTEL Broadband Dispute: Is Vermont Funding an Overbuilder?

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Could ongoing controversy in Vermont involving network operator VTEL be a precursor of controversies to come involving broadband funding for unserved areas? Local media outlet VTDigger reports that the state of Vermont will allow network operators to collect public funding to deploy broadband to areas...Learn More

CEO: Slic Will Bid in $500 Million New NY Broadband Auction

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At least one state has thoroughly embraced the idea that everyone deserves high-speed broadband. The State of New York has allocated $500 million in the New NY Broadband Program to help cover the costs of making broadband available throughout the state by 2018. Funding will...Learn More

NTIA Updates $4 Billion Broadband Stimulus Program Results

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The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) is winding towards a close, according to the latest quarterly update from NTIA, which highlights broadband stimulus program results. The report dated October 2015 but only released publicly last week, provides a summary of what the BTOP program had...Learn More

Utility Company Broadband: Midwest Energy Exec Shares Perils and Success Stories

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Smaller rural power companies are a lot like small rural telcos in that they tend to be heavily vested in their local communities. If residents are clamoring for faster Internet, the local power company or telco generally will try hard to get it for them....Learn More

RUS Reports Broadband Stimulus Program Results, Claims Six Million Benefited

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It’s hard to believe the Broadband Stimulus Program was first announced over six years ago. The $7.2 billion program was part of the broader American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which aimed to stimulate the economy after the Great Recession of 2008. The Rural Utilities Service...Learn More

RUS Broadband Stimulus $3.5 Billion Program: Was it a Failure?

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Updated later July 30 and again on August 2 with additional information The Politico website has published a scathing yet apparently heavily researched post criticizing the Rural Utilities Service’s role as administrator of the $3.5 billion broadband infrastructure program (BIP) that was part of the...Learn More

Zayo/ EAGLE-Net Deal: Are EAGLE-Net Troubles Over?

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Colorado intergovernmental entity EAGLE-Net Alliance has entered into a partnership with Zayo Group to oversee and support EAGLE-Net’s statewide fiber network. The agreement is an interim one but according to a press release the companies hope to establish a long-term relationship. Zayo, also based in...Learn More

Consolidated Electric Cooperative Offers Gigabit to Schools

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Ohio’s Consolidated Electric Cooperative is one of a growing number of electric companies that have undertaken the task of deploying broadband where it wasn’t previously available or was available only at a high cost. Consolidated’s approach to broadband is different from that of some other...Learn More

Obama’s Broadband Opportunity Council Aims to Spur Broadband Deployment

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President Obama’s latest initiative to expand broadband availability, announced today, is to create a Broadband Opportunity Council charged with determining what various government agencies can do to help spur broadband deployment, competition and adoption. Heading up the effort will be Department of Agriculture Secretary John...Learn More

Frontier West Virginia Lawsuit Attacks Company’s Broadband Service

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Frontier has some big headaches in West Virginia, where it faces a class action lawsuit about its broadband service. A report from local media outlet Charleston Gazette quotes from the lawsuit, which states that Frontier “has a monopoly on Internet services in most of West...Learn More

TDS Completes Stimulus Project in Kentucky

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TDS Telecom (TDS®) announces its broadband Internet project around Salem, Kentucky is now complete. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus-funded project makes high-speed Internet accessible to businesses and more than 650 area residents—about 100 more households than projected in the application for funding....Learn More

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