CenturyLink Rural Broadband Expansion Includes 600K Additional Locations

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An additional 600K homes and businesses in rural markets are connected to broadband thanks to funding from the Connect America Fund (CAF) for CenturyLink rural broadband expansion, the company announced today. The carrier committed to the FCC CAF II program in 2015, accepting $3 billion,...Learn More

CAF II Auction Start Date Could Be July 24, FCC Not Swayed by Comments

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Broadband providers interested in deploying service to parts of 20 states could have until March 30 to apply to participate in a reverse auction that will award funding for those deployments. The proposed deadline is included in a 100-page public notice that the FCC is...Learn More

Trump Rural Broadband Initiatives: Where’s the Beef?

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President Donald Trump’s address about economic issues facing rural America at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention yesterday touched on Trump rural broadband initiatives. But although Trump talked about the importance of broadband to the rural economy and signed two executive orders aimed at facilitating...Learn More

What If, As Rumored, the FCC Broadband Speed Definition is Lowered?

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The FCC broadband speed definition could be in for a change. Several sources report that the commission could vote as soon as next month or earlier to reduce the speed required for an internet connection to be considered broadband for purposes of the FCC’s annual...Learn More

Frontier CAF Broadband Investments Fuel Expansion to 275K Households in California

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Frontier CAF broadband investments are helping the broadband carrier reach 275,000 households across California. The FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF) is directly responsible for reaching 40K homes, and indirectly responsible for many more. According to Frontier, the more than 39,000 CAF-designated locations exceeds their agreed...Learn More

Carriers Urge FCC to Close $110 Million Annual Broadband A-CAM Funding Gap

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Letters from rural carriers have been pouring into the FCC to urge the commission to close the broadband A-CAM funding gap before the end of the year. It was just about a year ago that more carriers than expected chose to participate in the A-CAM...Learn More

70% of Hawaiian Telcom CAF Deployments Support Gigabit Service

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Hawaiian Telcom has brought broadband to 5,000 locations in rural areas of Hawai‘i in a project partially funded by the Connect America Fund (CAF). The Hawaiian Telcom CAF deployment is about 70% fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP). This capability enables 1 Gbps service. Since Hawaiian Telcom’s initial 1...Learn More

Frontier Offers CAF Deployment Update

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December 18, 2017 — WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) continues its rural broadband surge, exceeding 2017 milestone requirements of the Connect America Fund program (CAF) in eight additional states. Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin join the list of states where Frontier is ahead...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

AT&T Rural Broadband Expansion Continues Through CAF Funded Fixed Wireless Service

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AT&T rural broadband expansion via CAF funded fixed wireless service now reaches 160K locations across 18 states. Nine states were recently added, AT&T announced today. The expansion nearly doubles the reach since AT&T’s last update on the service in June of this year. AT&T’s fixed...Learn More

Broadband Provider Groups Seek CAF II Auction Changes

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Organizations representing broadband providers have asked the FCC to modify its proposal for the Connect America Fund (CAF II) Auction. The CAF II auction will award funding rejected by price cap carriers in parts of 20 states. The auction is designed to award funding to...Learn More

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