Consolidated, Syringa News Highlights Ethernet, Cloud Services Growth for Tier 2/3 Telcos

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Two announcements this week remind us of how important Ethernet and cloud services growth is for Tier 2 and 3 telcos. Syringa Networks announced it had achieved Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification for several services. Additionally,  Consolidated Communications announced new metro markets for its cloud offerings....Learn More

Senators Want USDA’s Community Connect Broadband Speed Definition Raised

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Four U.S. senators have written a letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, asking him to raise the Community Connect broadband speed definition. The Community Connect grant program pays the majority of the costs of bringing broadband to extremely rural lower-income...Learn More

Verizon LTE in Rural America Carrier Deploys XLTE, Exec Says More to Come

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When Verizon made its XLTE spectrum and technology available to participants in the Verizon LTE in Rural America (LRA) program, it wasn’t clear how popular the offering would be with the rural carriers.  But Verizon on Monday announced in a blog post that one LRA...Learn More

Consolidated Iowa Telco Sale Underscores Non-Core Asset Divestiture Trend

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An announced Consolidated Iowa telco sale to two smaller rural telcos is the latest example of a large company selling operations not considered core to its business. The company plans to sell nine exchanges to Mutual Telephone Company of Sioux Center, Iowa (also known as...Learn More

Developer: Big Improvements in TV White Spaces Economics Coming Soon

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Will 2016 be the year we finally begin to see a serious uptake in adoption of TV white spaces broadband wireless technology? The answer is yes, according to Jim Carlson, CEO of Carlson Wireless, who told Telecompetitor this week that he expects to see big...Learn More

Rural Operators Could Find Opportunity in CBRS Auction Plans Adopted by FCC

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Rural operators could find it easier to obtain spectrum licenses in the citizens broadband radio service (CBRS) band as the result of CBRS auction plans adopted by the FCC at today’s monthly commission meeting. Previously the FCC had said it would only issue licenses where...Learn More

Letter of Credit Concerns Delay FCC Rural Broadband Experiments

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Sixteen months after initial funding recipients were announced in the FCC Rural Broadband Experiments program, some awardees have been unable to proceed with their projects because funds have not yet been released to them. At issue is a requirement that awardees obtain a letter of...Learn More

Report: The Cooperative is a Good Model for Publicly Owned Broadband Networks

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The cooperative ownership model could be a good one for publicly owned broadband networks according to a new report published by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Next Century Cities. The 30-page report focuses on the experiences of RS Fiber, a Minnesota network that was...Learn More

Lumos Gigabit FTTH Reach Now Covers Full RLEC Footprint

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A Lumos Gigabit announcement details the expansion of gigabit FTTH services for the Mid-Atlantic based regional carrier to include their entire RLEC footprint. Branded as Gigabit Fast, the service was first launched in limited Lumos Networks markets back in 2015. It now reaches over 20,000...Learn More

Broadband Economic Impact Report: Rural Broadband Supports 70K Jobs, $100B in E-Commerce

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Investment in rural broadband boosts the economy – not just locally, but beyond – according to a new broadband economic impact report from The Hudson Institute sponsored by the Foundation for Rural Service. Rural broadband service providers contributed $24.2 billion to the economies of the...Learn More

Aureon BNS Acquisition Fuels Business Solutions Strategy

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The Aureon BNS Acquisition announced today is the latest move that Aureon has made to position the organization as a business solutions provider. Originally known as Iowa Network Services, Aureon started as a statewide fiber network owned by a group of Iowa-based telecom service providers....Learn More

$11.7 Million Available for RUS Community Connect Broadband Grants

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The USDA’s Rural Utilities Service unit has $11.7 million available for RUS Community Connect broadband grants and is now accepting applications for funding. Interested parties have until June 17 to apply for grants of at least $100,000 but not to exceed $3 million. Applicants also...Learn More