Ritter/Fidelity Regional Fiber Network Eliminates Internet Middlemen

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A new regional fiber network built by two small local telcos not only will bring higher-speed connectivity to communities in six states. It also should enhance users’ Internet experience in another way: It will minimize the number of carriers underlying users’ end-to-end Internet connection, which...Learn More

Another Rural Gigabit Deployment: Montana’s Nemont

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Montana-based rural telco Nemont has joined the gigabit club, announcing this week that it is launching service in Scobey, Montana. In a press release, the company said the ultra-high-speed service is available to businesses and residences that already have fiber to the premises, suggesting that...Learn More

Wheeler: FCC Will Tackle Rate-of-Return CAF Program This Year

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The FCC has committed to “taking action” on a broadband Connect America Fund program for the nation’s smaller rate-of-return carriers by the end of the year, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a blog post Friday. To further that goal, the commission has met with...Learn More

Wisconsin Interactive Broadband Map Targets Economic Development

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The Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation have created an interactive map plotting business parks in the state where gigabit broadband connectivity is available, illustrating the importance that high-speed broadband service has become to business site selection. At its launch, the map...Learn More

Challenges to Title II Broadband Reclassification Pile Up

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You could say telecom organizations are piling on the FCC over the commission’s decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II telecommunications service. Associations representing wireless carriers and large and small cable companies today joined USTelecom in challenging the FCC’s decision. Associations filing protests with...Learn More

Behind Indatel 100G Network Upgrade

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A 100 Gbps network upgrade is underway for the Indatel consortium of independent regional and statewide fiber networks. By interconnecting fiber network resources, the group is working towards assembling a single seamless network covering a large part of the U.S. “Many member companies have deployed...Learn More

Great Plains Communications Completes Multiple Fiber Routes

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BLAIR, Neb., April 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Great Plains Communications, the largest, privately owned telecommunications, last mile, and middle mile provider in the state of Nebraska is pleased to announce the completion of multiple fiber routes extending from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Denver, Colorado, crossing...Learn More

Indiana Fiber Network to Expand Broadband Using Ciena

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HANOVER, Md. and Indianapolis, IN – April 8, 2015 — To support its recently announced broadband expansion project, Indiana Fiber Network, LLC (IFN) has selected converged packet optical and packet networking solutions from Ciena® (NYSE: CIEN) to ensure network resiliency, reduce costs and increase capacity....Learn More

ACA to FCC: Broadband Investment at Significant Risk Due to Rising Video Programming Cost

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The American Cable Association is asking the FCC to take steps to control steeply climbing programming costs. According to a study from the ACA and business consulting firm Cartesian, small carriers are seeing margins erode so sharply as a result of climbing programming costs that...Learn More

AT&T vs. TV White Spaces: Parsing a Blog Post

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In today’s world of online corporate blogs, it’s important to keep in mind that although such blogs can inform us, the authors typically aren’t journalists and aren’t always out to provide the full story on an issue. These thoughts came to mind as I read...Learn More

Bluewave: VoIP, the Cloud, Telco-Utility Partnership and Opportunity Collide

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South Carolina-based HTC, the nation’s largest telecom cooperative, is adding voice to Bluewave Communications‘ broadband and video services, offered over a fiber-to-the-home network in North Carolina and owned by a local power utility. The power utility, Lumbee River Electric Membership Coop, enlisted HTC to provide...Learn More

CCA’s Berry: FirstNet Public Safety Network Presents Rural Carrier Opportunities

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FirstNet, the nation’s planned mobile broadband public safety network offers significant opportunities for rural wireless network operators, according to Steven K. Berry, president and CEO of the Competitive Carriers Association. “My suggestion to carriers is ‘this is an opportunity you have to be part of,’”...Learn More