NTCA Smart Rural Community Grants, Award Winners Announced

NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association announced four Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge grants and recognized four SRC Showcase Award recipients during this week’s Rural Telecommunications Industry Event, or RTIME, which was held in Austin, Tex. The announcements of the NTCA Smart Rural Community grants...Learn More

NTCA, DHS Collaborate on Rural Telecom Cybersecurity

Three organizations are banding together to provide rural telecom providers with NTCA CyberWise, an educational program that includes best practice insights for the development of cybersecurity practices and risk-management programs. The three organizations are NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, the Department of Homeland Security and the...Learn More

NTCA Joins Broadband Access Coalition to Boost Fixed Wireless Broadband Services in Rural and Underserved Areas

Philadelphia, Pa. (September 27, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today joined the Broadband Access Coalition (BAC) in its effort to petition the FCC to authorize a licensed, point-to-multipoint (P2MP) fixed wireless service in the underutilized 3.7 – 4.2 GHz spectrum band. The proposed licensing scheme and...Learn More

Thirteen Additional Communities Gain NTCA Smart Rural Communities Designation

NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association announced thirteen rural communities have been designated as Smart Rural Communities during their Fall Conference, taking place in Philadelphia this week. The NTCA  Smart Rural Communities program was launched back in 2013. The program aims to recognize and designate rural communities...Learn More

Broadband Provider Groups Seek CAF II Auction Changes

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

NTCA on Rural Fiber Deployment: 31% of Rural Telcos Have 100% FTTH Coverage

Small, rural telecom providers increasingly are serving their subscribers with deep fiber infrastructure despite concerns about the cost of deploying such services, according to a rural fiber deployment survey released by the NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association. Eighty-nine percent of survey respondents said that the cost...Learn More

NTCA: $300M in Rural Broadband Investment at Risk Due to USF Reductions

There are ongoing reductions in the total amount of funding provided by the Universal Service Fund (USF) to regulated telcos due to federal budget control mechanisms that are chilling rural broadband investment, according to a survey by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association. The average reduction in...Learn More

Stakeholders Urge Senate to Address USF Funding Shortfall for Rural Broadband

Stakeholders today urged the U.S. Senate to address a funding shortfall in the Universal Service Fund estimated at approximately $210 million annually, with the goal of spurring broadband deployment to rural areas by covering a portion of deployment costs. In a hearing conducted by the...Learn More

RLECs on USF Contributions: We Shouldn’t Be the Only Ones Paying on Broadband

Two telco organizations filed a joint petition with the FCC yesterday asking the commission to temporarily reverse a previous decision that requires rural local exchange carriers (RLECs) to make contributions into the Universal Service Fund (USF) based on broadband as well as voice revenues. The...Learn More

Partners in Broadband Project Recognizes Growing Utility, Electric Co-Op Entrance into Broadband

Several organizations representing or serving rural telco and electric/utility providers have launched a campaign aimed at facilitating rural broadband deployment partnerships between telcos, municipals and electrics/utilities in unserved or underserved communities. The campaign, dubbed Partners in Broadband, comes from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association...Learn More

New Hope Telephone Cooperative Gets NTCA ‘Gig­Capable’ Certification

NEW HOPE, ALABAMA — New Hope Telephone Cooperative has been named a certified “Gig-Capable Provider” by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, which represents nearly 900 independent telecommunications companies, awarded the certification. Of those 900 providers, only about 12 percent nationwide have received this Gig-Capable certification. To...Learn More

Report Quantifies Rural Telehealth Benefits

Rural telehealth initiatives have the potential to generate substantial quantifiable and nonquantifiable benefits and could help bridge an existing gap between the quality of healthcare in rural and metro areas, according to a new report from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. Quantifiable rural telehealth...Learn More

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