Indatel Digital Realty Deal Connects Rural America with the Cloud

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A new Indatel Digital Realty deal aims to connect rural America with major cloud providers. The deal should benefit Indatel’s small telco members and their customers by substantially reducing the cost to connect to major cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services,...Learn More

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

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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

Microsoft Project Belgrade Taps Small Cells for TV White Spaces Fixed Wireless Broadband

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TV white spaces fixed wireless broadband technology could benefit from small cell deployments, according to Microsoft. The technology giant has been conducting a trial tapping the two technologies in Cambridge, U.K. in a deployment dubbed Microsoft Project Belgrade and has been encouraged by the results....Learn More

C Spire Gains Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Silver Partner Designation

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RIDGELAND, Miss., Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — C Spire Business is ramping up its support for business owners by deepening its relationship with Microsoft and boosting opportunities to take advantage of cloud-based solutions offered through Microsoft Office 365 from C Spire, its suite of flexible, secure business tools that...Learn More

Top Telecom Stories of 2017 (7 High-Profile, 3 Low-Profile)

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It was virtually impossible to miss some of the top telecom stories of 2017 –such as the recent Net Neutrality reversal or carriers’ ongoing 5G and fixed wireless activities. Some other important stories initially got a bit of attention but then faded from the collective...Learn More

Amazon Wants to Bring Alexa to the Boardroom

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) unveiled Alexa for Business last week, a new AWS service that provides business customers with an intelligent assistant. In the press release announcing the service, AWS said that Alexa for Business can help automate tasks including starting conference calls, controlling conference room...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

Microsoft TechSpark Puts a Full Court Press on Rural Broadband

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The Microsoft TechSpark initiative, which kicked off in Fargo, North Dakota late yesterday, aims to use technology to boost local economies outside the country’s major metropolitan areas. The five-faceted program will include deployment of the Airband fixed wireless technology that Microsoft has been promoting, as...Learn More

Windstream Cloud Connect Enhancements Include SD-WAN, Wavelengths

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Windstream today announced a broader range of connectivity options for its Cloud Connect service, which provides connectivity to major cloud service providers including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, Google Cloud, Oracle Fast Connect and Salesforce. Among the new Windstream Cloud Connect options...Learn More

Report: Small Business Benefits of Rural Broadband are Plentiful

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There are many small business benefits of rural broadband, argues ACT – The App Association in a well-researched blog post that cites numerous real-world examples of those benefits. ACT, an association of small technology firms, wrote the blog post to advocate for TV white spaces...Learn More

Microsoft Rural Airband Project Will Partner with Service Providers for Rural Broadband

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Microsoft introduced an interesting initiative today, the Microsoft Rural Airband project. Microsoft will invest an unspecified amount of money with existing rural broadband carriers to bring broadband to 2 million people in rural America by 2022. Microsoft will help fund projects that use TV white...Learn More

Gigabit Libraries Network Announces Five Library TV White Space Broadband Project Awards

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Libraries in five states – Georgia, Maine, Nebraska, South Dakota and Washington – number among a total of nine projects awarded funding and support from the Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN) and San Jose State University’s School of Information (iSchool) to expand the Libraries WhiteSpace Project....Learn More

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