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All things broadband — our latest coverage regarding news, trends, developments, and implications for the broadband ecosystem.

Angie Communications Wants to Finish What Google Fiber Started And More With Ambitious Gigabit Plan

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Angie Communications, which calls itself the world’s largest telecom startup, has ambitious gigabit plans – including bringing Angie gigabit service to several markets that Google Fiber planned to serve but later halted and to 87 other markets. Angie has a unique business model that will...Learn More

Kansas City Smart City Initiatives Yields Benefits

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The first compilation of Kansas City Smart City data was released yesterday. Sharing the data and information with 18 other cities, five federal agencies and two other countries, Smart City project leaders explain how strategic use of Big Data analysis is helping KC improve commonly...Learn More

Could Rural Healthcare Technology Address Resource Shortages?

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Technology could help address America’s rural healthcare crisis, argues the CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation, provider of electronic health record technology, in a well-researched and link-laden blog post. The rural healthcare technology referenced in the blog post includes using video connections to enable remotely located...Learn More

NGN Prepares for Significant Subscriber Growth in 2017

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Clarkesville, GA – February 7, 2017 – NGN, a member-owned cooperative operating over 1,600 miles of fiber optic infrastructure in Georgia, announces preparations are underway to support a projected 50 percent subscriber growth on the network from Members NGN Connect, Habersham Electric Membership Corporation (HEMC),...Learn More

Could 5G TV Spur Fixed 5G Deployments?

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Network operators are looking seriously at using fixed 5G wireless technology to support pay-TV offerings, according to Strategy Analytics. 5G TV could be an “anchor use case” for deploying fixed 5G, argues Sue Rudd, Strategy Analytics director of service provider analytics, in a new report....Learn More

Zayo Helps Fans Stay Connected at Super Bowl 51

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BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Two wireless carriers selected Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (Zayo) to add wireless capacity in Houston for Super Bowl 51. Zayo completed installation of more than 120 small cell sites, including locations around key venues like NRG Stadium and Discovery Green Park, ahead...Learn More

TDS Signs LOI for Municipal Broadband Acquisition, Adds Fuel to Debate

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TDS announced its intent for a municipal broadband acquisition from Sun Prairie Utilities of Sun Prairie, Wisc. A non-binding letter of intent gives TDS ownership and management of the fiber network constructed by Sun Prairie. “SPU has built a strong fiber broadband network and has...Learn More

FCC Lifeline Reversal on FreedomPop, Eight Others Draws Fire

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The FCC Friday said nine service providers would not be able to collect funding from the commission’s Lifeline program, which pays part of the costs of communications services for qualified low-income users – at least for now and possibly not ever. According to FCC Commissioner...Learn More

Rise Broadband: Fixed 5G Broadband Has Real Rural Challenges

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Despite increased interest in fixed 5G on the part of the nation’s largest carriers, it’s still not a great choice for rural areas, said Jeff Kohler, co-founder of rural broadband wireless network operator Rise Broadband, in an interview with Telecompetitor. In discussing fixed 5G vs....Learn More

OECD Mobile Broadband Penetration Rises to 95 Percent, Now Reaches 1.2 Billion

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New data from OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) reveals a mobile broadband penetration rate of 95% in the 35 industrialized nations that comprise the OECD as of June 2016. The number increased from 86% in June 2015. Some 123 million new mobile broadband...Learn More

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

AT&T Partners for Atlanta Smart City Project

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AT&T joined with Current, powered by GE, and Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power to test intelligent lighting solutions in Atlanta. The Atlanta smart city project adds momentum to the growing smart city movement in progress across the U.S. Utilities are pivotal players in Smart City...Learn More