Fixed Wireless Market Report: Subscribers to Double to 8 Million by 2021, Generating $5.2B

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The U.S. fixed wireless market is comprised of 2,000 network operators averaging 1,200 customers each, according to a new report from analyst firm The Carmel Group. Several major companies also have announced plans to offer fixed wireless service – including Google, AT&T, Verizon and Windstream,...Learn More

Vyve Business 250 Mbps Service Now in Almost 100 Rural Markets

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Vyve Broadband is offering businesses 250 Mbps broadband tiers in almost 100 rural markets in six states, the company said this week. The Vyve business 250 Mbps offering is available only to businesses, according to the company, which specializes in non-urban areas. “We are so...Learn More

Electric Co-op Broadband Report: Feasibility Studies Are Essential

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As more and more people come to the realization that broadband is a necessity in rural America, electric co-operatives are likely to play an increasingly important role in deploying the technology, notes rural utility lender CoBank in a new report. In 56 pages, CoBank includes...Learn More

Broadband Provider Groups Seek CAF II Auction Changes

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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

Rural Telecom Economics: Telergee Report Finds Revenues Up, Profits Down

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The average small rural telco saw revenues increase in 2016 but profitability declined in comparison with the previous year, according to the latest Telergee Benchmark Study. The extensive and detailed rural telecom economics report is compiled annually by The Telergee Alliance, a group of accounting...Learn More

Report: School Broadband Availability Improving, But Rural Fiber Still Lagging

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School broadband availability has increased dramatically as a result of changes made several years ago to the FCC E-rate program, with 94% of schools now providing connectivity at rates of at least 100 kbps per student, says a report released today from non-profit organization Education...Learn More

CAF II Auction Rules: FCC Explains How Proposed Auction to Fund Rural Broadband Would Work

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FCC officials today conducted a webinar explaining how proposed CAF II auction rules would work. The auction will award funding to help cover the cost of deploying broadband in unserved rural areas. It is expected to take place in 2018, officials said. The rules discussed...Learn More

Report: U.S. Rural Mobile Broadband Speeds are 20.9% Slower Than Urban

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T-Moble and Verizon Wireless were the two big winners of the 2017 U.S. Market Report by Ookla, which measures broadband performance for wireless networks. Overall, Ookla’s data found that U.S. mobile broadband download speeds have increased by 19% during the past year to reach 22.69...Learn More

MaxxSouth Broadband, Ripley Video Cable to Combine

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Block Communications, the parent company of MaxxSouth Broadband, said late yesterday that it plans to acquire Ripley Video Cable. The MaxxSouth Broadband, Ripley deal will bring together two companies that provide broadband and video service in Mississippi. MaxxSouth also provides service in parts of Alabama....Learn More

TDS Acquires K2 Communications, Opportunistic Buying Spree Continues

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Another small cable company is being acquired by TDS, as the telecom operator continues an opportunistic cable operator buying spree. K2 is located north of Denver, Colorado, in close proximity to a larger TDS cable acquisition, Baja Broadband. TDS Acquires K2 Communications A relatively new...Learn More

All West Communications Acquisition of Sweetwater Television Announced

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All West Communications has announced the acquisition of the Sweetwater Television Company, which it says will help it expand into southwest  Wyoming. Financial details of the All West Communications acquisition of Sweetwater Television were not released. “We felt this natural geographic expansion of our current...Learn More

Verizon CBRS Demo Ups Ante on Big Carrier Efforts to Change License Rules

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Verizon’s news today that it has demonstrated mobile wireless service using LTE Advanced carrier aggregation in the CBRS spectrum band ups the ante on large mobile carriers’ efforts to establish new rules for that spectrum band – rules that opponents say would benefit the large...Learn More

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