CenturyLink Rural Broadband Expansion Includes 600K Additional Locations

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An additional 600K homes and businesses in rural markets are connected to broadband thanks to funding from the Connect America Fund (CAF) for CenturyLink rural broadband expansion, the company announced today. The carrier committed to the FCC CAF II program in 2015, accepting $3 billion,...Learn More

Rural Broadband Momentum Picks Up Steam as Flurry of Legislation Joins White House, FCC Initiatives

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Rural broadband is receiving a lot of attention from policymakers these days on both the administrative and legislative fronts. A wide range of rural broadband legislation has been introduced in the House, and the Senate Broadband Caucus has sent a letter to President Trump urging...Learn More

FCC Proposes $500M Rural Broadband Funding Injection, Targets Traditional and A-CAM Mechanisms

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FCC rural broadband funding could increase by over $500 million if the commission votes to adopt an order circulated by commission chairman Ajit Pai. According to an FCC spokesman, the funding would include about $180 million for the current funding year for the nation’s smaller...Learn More

CAF II Auction Start Date Could Be July 24, FCC Not Swayed by Comments

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Broadband providers interested in deploying service to parts of 20 states could have until March 30 to apply to participate in a reverse auction that will award funding for those deployments. The proposed deadline is included in a 100-page public notice that the FCC is...Learn More

CEO: We Don’t Need 5G for U.S. Cellular Fixed Wireless, LTE Will Work Just Fine

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LTE will be a better choice than 5G for supporting fixed wireless service for U.S. Cellular, said U.S. Cellular CEO Ken Meyers, yesterday. U.S. Cellular fixed LTE is currently available in remote areas of Kansas and Nebraska, and the company expects to make more fixed...Learn More

Trump Rural Broadband Initiatives: Where’s the Beef?

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President Donald Trump’s address about economic issues facing rural America at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention yesterday touched on Trump rural broadband initiatives. But although Trump talked about the importance of broadband to the rural economy and signed two executive orders aimed at facilitating...Learn More

What If, As Rumored, the FCC Broadband Speed Definition is Lowered?

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The FCC broadband speed definition could be in for a change. Several sources report that the commission could vote as soon as next month or earlier to reduce the speed required for an internet connection to be considered broadband for purposes of the FCC’s annual...Learn More

ALLO Expands Nebraska Footprint, Acquires Glenwood Telecom

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ALLO Communications is buying the fiber network and customer contracts of Glenwood Telecommunications’ Hastings, Neb. operations, a subsidiary of Glenwood Telephone Membership Co., the company announced today. The purchase continues ALLO’s growth, which has continued since its founding in 2003. Once completed, the Glenwood acquisition...Learn More

Frontier CAF Broadband Investments Fuel Expansion to 275K Households in California

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Frontier CAF broadband investments are helping the broadband carrier reach 275,000 households across California. The FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF) is directly responsible for reaching 40K homes, and indirectly responsible for many more. According to Frontier, the more than 39,000 CAF-designated locations exceeds their agreed...Learn More

Connect Americans Now Targets Low Band Spectrum for Rural Broadband Connectivity

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Connect Americans Now (CAN), a group designed to ensure access to low band spectrum and to broadband connectivity, announced its launch today. The group is a diverse alliance of community leaders, rural advocates and top innovators that plans to work with the Federal Communications Commission...Learn More

Top Telecom Stories of 2017 (7 High-Profile, 3 Low-Profile)

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It was virtually impossible to miss some of the top telecom stories of 2017 –such as the recent Net Neutrality reversal or carriers’ ongoing 5G and fixed wireless activities. Some other important stories initially got a bit of attention but then faded from the collective...Learn More

Carriers Urge FCC to Close $110 Million Annual Broadband A-CAM Funding Gap

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Letters from rural carriers have been pouring into the FCC to urge the commission to close the broadband A-CAM funding gap before the end of the year. It was just about a year ago that more carriers than expected chose to participate in the A-CAM...Learn More

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