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FCC Rural Health Care Reforms Under Consideration, $400M Cap May Increase

The FCC is considering changes to the FCC Rural Health Care (RHC) program, which covers some of the costs of broadband service for rural health care providers. The commission today adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on a range of program changes....Learn More

Comcast xFi Pods Brings Wi-Fi Mesh Technology to Improve In-Home Coverage

Comcast is rolling out WiFi extenders called xFi Pods in Boston and Chicago in anticipation of a national launch in 2018. Comcast xFi Pods aim to extend reach of the MSO’s Xfinity WiFi service to every nook and cranny of the premises. The approach features...Learn More

Room Evacuation Accompanies FCC Net Neutrality Reversal

As expected, the FCC at today’s monthly commission meeting voted to reverse Net Neutrality guidelines that have been in place since 2015 – a victory for broadband providers who say it will enhance their ability to invest in their networks, but a move that consumer...Learn More

AT&T Has International Ambitions for AirGig Broadband Platform

AT&T has launched a second trial of its Project AirGig broadband technology in the U.S., along with a new international trial, the company said on its blog today. AirGig is designed to eventually deliver internet speeds of more than 1 gigabit per second via a...Learn More

Broadband Provider Groups Aim to Debunk “Overexaggerated” Net Neutrality Fears

Representatives of three broadband provider associations held a press conference today to attempt to debunk what one representative called “overexaggerated” and “catastrophic” Net Neutrality fears on the part of the American public. The action came just one day before the FCC is expected to vote...Learn More

FCC, National Cancer Institute Team to Fight Cancer in Rural Areas

An FCC, National Cancer Institute memo of understanding announced yesterday will focus on how improving rural broadband can help rural citizens in the battle against cancer. “The quality, length and even value of life should not be determined by where you happen to be born...Learn More

AT&T Fiber Expansion Includes Five More Metros, 7 Million Locations Now Reached

AT&T announced yesterday that it has launched its ultra-fast internet service in five new metro areas –  Springfield, Mo.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Madison, Wis.; Southeastern Tenn. and Wichita, Kan. The Witchita service will be available in only select areas, said a press release about the...Learn More

IIA: Sharing Economy Earnings Average $3588 Annually on $1200 Annual Broadband Investment

Broadband has enabled a wide range of new earnings opportunities for individuals working on a contract or freelance basis for organizations such as Lyft, Uber and Airbnb – opportunities sometimes referred to as the “sharing economy.” According to new research from the Internet Innovation Alliance,...Learn More

Rural Telecom Consolidation in Pennsylvania

Rural telecom consolidation continues with the news yesterday that Pennsylvania-based broadband provider Laurel Highland Total Communications will acquire LTC Communications and its wholly owned subsidiaries. LTC is also based in Pennsylvania. Its assets include an independent telephone company and long-distance company. Rural Telecom Consolidation This...Learn More

Clear Creek Communications Brings Next-Gen Video Experience To Customers with Espial Elevate SaaS Cloud

OTTAWA, Canada — Dec. 11, 2017 — Espial announced that Clear Creek Communications is powering its video services with Espial’s Elevate Cloud based Software as a Service (SaaS) solution. Clear Creek is a leading operator in Oregon providing television, broadband, voice, home automation and security services. With Elevate,...Learn More

New NFL Verizon Deal Removes Mobile Exclusivity for Games

The National Football League and Verizon have launched a multi-year partnership in which Verizon’s digital and mobile media properties, including Yahoo Sports, will stream in-market and national games, regardless of mobile network. This new NFL Verizon deal eliminates Verizon’s previous exclusivity for mobile streaming of...Learn More

NCTC, MobiTV Deal to Test Consumer Appetite for App Based Pay-TV

A new NCTC, MobiTV deal, announced today, will help shape an ongoing debate about the future of pay-TV. Is that future based on a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) app model, or will customers continue to opt for the status-quo operator provided set-top-box (STB) scenario? The National Cable...Learn More

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