Missouri Electric-Telco Partnership Plans Gigabit Broadband

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A  Missouri-based telecom cooperative and a neighboring electric cooperative are combining resources to bring fiber-to-the-home service supporting speeds up to 1 Gbps to communities in their area that currently can’t get high-speed broadband. The electric company is Callaway Electric Service Company, L.L.C., a subsidiary of...Learn More

ViaSat-3 100 Mbps Satellite Broadband Planned for 2019 Delivery

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With promised 100 Mbps satellite broadband capability, ViaSat expects to deliver a major boost in broadband performance from its next generation of satellites, scheduled for “integration and delivery” in 2019. The satellites are targeted to provide residential service at speeds of 100 Mbps or higher...Learn More

Municipal Broadband M&A: Sunset Digital to Buy BVU OptiNet

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In what could be an emerging trend of municipal broadband M&A activity, one of the nation’s earliest municipal broadband networks is set to be sold. Duffield, Virginia-based Sunset Digital Communications announced last week that it will purchase the OptiNet Division of Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority,...Learn More

NTIA Updates $4 Billion Broadband Stimulus Program Results

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The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) is winding towards a close, according to the latest quarterly update from NTIA, which highlights broadband stimulus program results. The report dated October 2015 but only released publicly last week, provides a summary of what the BTOP program had...Learn More

Vyve Gigabit is Latest Rural Gigabit Push

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Cable MSO Vyve Broadband is launching rural gigabit service in select markets, using DOCSIS 3.0 technology. Vyve is a rural cable consolidator, formerly known as BCI Broadband  and operates cable and broadband networks in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Colorado and Wyoming. Their...Learn More

Nokia FastMile Jumps on Rural Broadband Wireless Bandwagon

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Although service providers and developers haven’t made much fanfare about it, there has been a lot of activity in the rural broadband wireless area lately, with the Nokia FastMile solution as the latest example. Some see broadband wireless as a serious contender technology as the...Learn More

CenturyLink launches Houston metro fiber network for business customers

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Monroe, Louisiana — Feb. 8, 2016  — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced that it now offers fiber connectivity at symmetrical upload and download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) to business customers located in select Houston-area multi-tenant unit (MTU) office buildings....Learn More

Bi-Partisan Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus Wants to Bridge Digital Divide

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A bi-partisan Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus plans to focus on bridging the rural-urban digital divide. According to press material, the group will “facilitate discussion, educate Members of Congress and staff and develop policy solutions.” Four Congressmen will serve as co-chairmen, including Kevin Cramer (R- N.D.),...Learn More

Utility Company Broadband: Midwest Energy Exec Shares Perils and Success Stories

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Smaller rural power companies are a lot like small rural telcos in that they tend to be heavily vested in their local communities. If residents are clamoring for faster Internet, the local power company or telco generally will try hard to get it for them....Learn More

Infiniti Broadband to Bring Broadband Wireless to 10 Markets

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Oklahoma-based startup company Infiniti Broadband plans to bring broadband wireless to rural and medium-size metro areas, initially targeting 10 undisclosed markets, said Johnie Johnson, president and CEO of the company, in an interview.  “Our business model is founded on filling a void,” said Johnson, noting...Learn More

Commissioners Argue FCC Broadband Speed Definition, CAF Plans

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As expected, this year’s Broadband Progress Report from the FCC will state that broadband is not being deployed in a timely fashion. As adopted at today’s monthly FCC meeting, the report also notes a widening rural/urban disparity in available broadband speeds, said FCC officials at...Learn More

Minnesota’s CNS Joins 100 Gbps Rural Network Club

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As more and more companies launch ultra-high-speed services supporting gigabit speeds, they also need more backbone network bandwidth, as an announcement this week from Cooperative Network Services illustrates. CNS, owned by a group of communications service provider cooperatives in Minnesota, has upgraded its backbone to support...Learn More