Massachusetts Joins Effort Urging the FCC to Release Connect America Funding to States

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The state of Massachusetts has asked the FCC to release federal broadband Connect America funding to states. The funding in question was rejected by the nation’s largest price cap carriers in 2015. Granting the Massachusetts request would mean the FCC would hand over approximately $1...Learn More

TDS “Very Pleased” with Revised A-CAM Broadband Funding Offer

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At least one rate of return carrier appears satisfied with the revised A-CAM broadband funding it was offered in late December. Addressing investors at a financial conference yesterday, TDS Telecom corporate relations executive Jane McCahon referred to the company’s revised offer as a “positive development.”...Learn More

NTCA Asks Governors to Urge Trump Team for Rural Broadband Funding

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Rural stakeholders are hoping state governors can help in obtaining additional federal rural broadband funding. Just before the winter holiday break, Shirley Bloomfield, chief executive officer of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, sent a letter to the National Governors Association asking them to highlight...Learn More

Seven Top Telecom Trends for 2017

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Fixed wireless (including 5G), broadband Universal Service, and increasingly diverse video options will be key focus areas for the telecom industry in 2017. Other top telecom trends for 2017 include G.fast and new business opportunities such as SD-WAN and the Internet of Things, including the...Learn More

FCC Partially Addresses A-CAM Universal Service Budget Shortfall

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The FCC adopted a report and order, released late yesterday, that frees up an additional $50 million annually for rate of return carriers that adopted the model-based A-CAM Universal Service option. More carriers than expected chose that option, creating a $160 million budget shortfall in...Learn More

$3.5 Million in Rural Broadband Experiment Support Authorized for Minnesota Project

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The FCC has authorized Rural Broadband Experiment support totaling nearly $3.5 million for Lake Connections, a community-owned network in rural Lake County, Minnesota.  The support will go toward bringing broadband service to 845 census blocks comprising 8,497 locations that do not have broadband available to...Learn More

USTelecom, NTCA Ask FCC for More A-CAM Universal Service Funding

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Two key telecom associations – USTelecom and NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association – have asked the FCC for additional Universal Service funding. The requests come in the wake of the revelation that more rate-of-return carriers than anticipated had opted for A-CAM Universal Service funding based on...Learn More

FairPoint Broadband Coverage Extended to 18,300 Locations Across 50 Markets

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A recently completed project extends FairPoint broadband coverage to 50 communities in their New England footprint. Extending the company’s fiber network some 17,000 miles, the FairPoint broadband service expansion brings high-speed Internet connectivity to some areas that have never had it before and/or raises network...Learn More

Carrier Elections of FCC A-CAM Model Based Broadband Support Exceed Budget by $1.6 Billion

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The FCC is seeking input on what to do about a $1.6 billion budget shortfall for the broadband Connect America Fund program for rural rate-of-return carriers opting to transition to support based on a cost model developed by the FCC. The shortfall occurred because more...Learn More

FCC Mobility Fund Proposal Raises Important Questions

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The FCC plans to vote next month on a proposal for a Universal Service/ Connect America mobility fund that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler shared with other commission officials just last week. A fact sheet about the FCC mobility fund proposal released to the public  raises...Learn More

Stand-Alone Broadband: Will Rural Users Still Pay Twice What Urban Users Pay?

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The FCC’s plan to allow rural rate-of-return carriers to collect Universal Service funding for stand-alone broadband may not achieve its intended goal of substantially reducing the cost of that service, cautioned Michael Romano, senior vice president of industry affairs and business development for NTCA—The Rural...Learn More

Montana PSC Votes to Bring Approximately $100 Million for Rural Broadband Investment

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HELENA, Mont. –September 29, 2016– The Montana Public Service Commission voted 5-0 Tuesday to certify 26 companies and affiliates as eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) for 2017, opening the doors for approximately $100 million in broadband investment funds to be utilized across Montana over the next...Learn More