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Verizon 5G Launch to Hit Sacramento, Additional Markets by 2H 2018

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The long discussed Verizon 5G launch is scheduled to take place in Sacramento, Calif. and 3 – 4 other markets in the second half of 2018, the company announced today. The initial launch will focus on residential broadband using fixed wireless, as a competing service...Learn More

Cooperatives Embrace Fiber Broadband: ILSR Finds 87 Cooperative Gigabit Deployments Nationwide

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Telecom and electric cooperatives are playing an important role in bringing high-speed broadband to rural America, according to a new report from the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). Using FCC data, researchers identified 87 cooperative gigabit deployments as of...Learn More

AT&T Fixed Wireless Now in 18 States, 400K Locations Goal by Year End

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AT&T fixed wireless service is now available in 44 counties across rural parts of Georgia, the company announced today. The wireless broadband service, a primary AT&T technology to reach underserved and unserved communities, is now available in 18 states nationwide. Georgia was actually identified as...Learn More

MoCA Joins Broadband Forum

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November 28, 2017—San Ramon, CA—Demonstrating its commitment to broadband access, MoCA has joined the Broadband Forum. MoCA will work with the organization to utilize its data modeling and management standards for integration into MoCA Access™. Broadband Forum also represents a market opportunity as many telco’s...Learn More

RiverStreet Networks Adds Consolidated’s Virginia Network Assets, Pursues Regional Broadband Cooperative

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RiverStreet Networks, based in North Carolina, is growing again, thanks to Consolidated Communications, who is selling their Virginia network assets to the company. RiverStreet, a business unit of Wilkes Communications, has agreed to buy Peoples Mutual Telephone Company in an all cash transaction. Peoples is...Learn More

Zayo Spread Networks $127 Million Acquisition Includes Low-Latency Routes

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A planned  $127 million Zayo Spread Networks acquisition, announced today, will bring Spread Networks’ low-latency assets into the Zayo gold. In the press release announcing the all-cash deal to purchase the privately-owned telecommunications firm, Zayo said that the acquisition will provide Zayo’s customers with the...Learn More

TDS Acquisitions Continue with Agreement to Purchase Merrimac Communications

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TDS announced its latest acquisition target. Merrimac Communications of Merrimac, Wisc. fits the pattern of recent TDS acquisitions – a small triple play provider that complements existing TDS markets, adding additional subscribers and network capacity. Merrimac Communications passes about 6,000 homes in Sauk, Columbia, and...Learn More

FCC Poised to Reverse Net Neutrality, Title II Decisions

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The FCC will vote next month on an order that would reverse Net Neutrality guidelines imposed in 2015 under the previous administration, senior commission officials told reporters today. The order also would reclassify broadband as a more lightly regulated Title I information service – reversing...Learn More

Microsoft TV White Spaces Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Deployments Provide Emergency Communications

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TV white spaces (TVWS) technology provided by Microsoft is helping people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands reconnect with people outside their immediate communities. More than two months have passed since Puerto Rico and the Caribbean were ravaged by hurricanes, knocking out internet...Learn More

Report: Average Web Page Load Times Not Improving As Fast as Broadband Speeds

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Increases in average broadband speed have not brought a commensurate decrease in average web page load times, according to a new white paper from the American Enterprise Institute. Instead, average web page load times actually increased between the fourth quarter of 2015 and the same...Learn More

100% Fiber Network Powered by AT&T Fiber Now Available in Central Kentucky Area

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November 16, 2017 –  Georgetown, Kentucky  — AT&T is now offering a 1 gigabit connection1 on our 100% fiber network powered by AT&T FiberSM to customer locations in parts of Central Kentucky, including in parts of Georgetown and surrounding communities. 2 “A regular point of discussion in Frankfort...Learn More

Proposed FCC Lifeline Reforms Include Cap, No Free Service, No Resellers

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The FCC today adopted several reforms to the Universal Service Lifeline low-income program applicable in large part to tribal areas. In addition, the commission proposed broader Lifeline reforms that would impact all funding recipients – reforms that include imposing a budget cap on the program,...Learn More

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