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Schurz Hiawatha Broadband Acquisition Completed

Schurz Communications’ acquisition of Hiawatha Broadband Communications has closed. The Schurz Hiawatha Broadband deal opens the southeast Minnesota region to Schurz. The acquired company will maintain local management, continue to be based in Winona, MN and maintain the Hiawatha name. Hiawatha offers gigabit broadband, telephone...Learn More

ALLO Communications Triples Speeds, Doesn’t Change Consumer Pricing

ALLO Communications has tripled the speed of its residential broadband offering from 100 Mbps to 300 Mbps in both the upstream and downstream – and done so without increasing subscription rates. ALLO is a competitive fiber-to-the-home provider serving Lincoln, North Platte, Ogallala, Bridgeport, Scottsbluff, Gering,...Learn More

RingCentral Announces Integration with New Google Hangouts Chat

March 01, 2018 — BELMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE:RNG), a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications and collaboration solutions, today announced its integration with Hangouts Chat, a secure collaboration tool within G Suite designed to bring teams together. As one of the inaugural partners of the...Learn More

MCNC Expands Broadband Connections in Central North Carolina

ASHEBORO and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Feb. 28, 2018) –MCNC, the non-profit owner and operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), today announced that 22 Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) now have direct connections on MCNC-maintained fiber network facilities from Greensboro to Hamlet. MCNC...Learn More

Verizon CFO Still Bullish on Fios Future

Despite an industry-wide shift away from traditional pay TV, Verizon is still bullish about its Fios offering, which traditionally has bundled broadband with other services including pay TV and/or voice. The company still sees growth in the Fios future, on both the broadband take rate...Learn More

Viasat 100 Mbps Satellite Broadband Offers an Improved Broadband Experience

Viasat today announced the availability of 100 Mbps satellite-based broadband service. The Viasat 100 Mbps service is now available with unlimited data plans. The new service is powered by the ViaSat-2 satellite system, which uses an advanced, high-capacity communications satellite, coupled with new innovations in...Learn More

Pai Plans 5G Spectrum Auctions to Start in November

The FCC hopes to conduct an auction of high-frequency spectrum in the 28 GHz band suitable for 5G wireless services beginning in November, to be followed immediately by an auction of 24 GHz spectrum, said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today. The 5G spectrum auctions would...Learn More

Pioneer Telephone Cooperative Deploys High-Speed Fixed Wireless

Pioneer Telephone Cooperative and its affiliates have opted to upgrade the company’s LTE fixed wireless networks with higher-speed fixed wireless technology from Mimosa Networks. Pioneer fixed wireless equipment purchases will include Mimosa’s A5c access devices and C/C5c client devices. Pioneer, which is the third largest...Learn More

Microsoft Teams with Packerland Broadband, Aims for 25/3 Mbps for Airband TV White Spaces

Microsoft and rural partner Packerland Broadband are aiming for speeds of 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream for a fixed wireless deployment in rural Michigan and Wisconsin that will use TV white spaces and other technologies, said Cory Heigl, vice president for Packerland Broadband....Learn More

Nokia, Facebook Team Up on High-Speed Fixed Wireless

Nokia will combine its worldwide delivery capabilities and wireless passive optical network (WPON) with Facebook’s Terragraph technology to launch global gigabit broadband trials in 2018 with select customers. The Nokia, Facebook project is an attempt to accelerate the adoption of 60 GHz fixed wireless access...Learn More

National Broadband Map Updates: Newer Data, Speed Tiers; Some Still See Flaws

The FCC today made live an updated National Broadband Map, replacing one originally released seven years ago. National Broadband Map updates include more relevant speed tiers, as well as the ability to overlay satellite imagery, to compare two different areas, to view broadband availability by...Learn More

Consolidated Broadband Upgrades Target Former FairPoint Markets

Just after announcing the retirement of the FairPoint brand, Consolidated Communications announced broadband upgrade plans for their northeast markets. These Consolidated broadband upgrades will improve broadband speeds to over 500K locations in former FairPoint markets. The upgrades are courtesy of fiber network expansion in these...Learn More

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