EUGNet Offers Uncommon Gigabit Deployment Model

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An uncommon model for municipal broadband network deployment comes from Eugene, Oregon, where the local utility company is partnering with the city and other entities to build the network, dubbed EUGNet. The entities involved in the partnership to create EUGNet include the Eugene Water and...Learn More

West Virginia Broadband Bill Aims to Spark Competition, Encouraging Community Broadband and Co-Ops

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A West Virginia Broadband Bill introduced in the state house of representatives aims to spur broadband competition and deployment by allowing local communities to form cooperatives to build broadband networks. House Bill 3093 also would re-establish a state broadband enhancement council charged with collecting data...Learn More

FCC Chairman Pai: Any Infrastructure Bill Should Include Broadband Funding via USF

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As rural telcos face a shortfall of as much as $2.1 billion in the Universal Service program, the solution may involve tapping a funding source that is common for other government initiatives but not for telecom: Congress is considering an infrastructure bill that could include...Learn More

ACA & NTCA Call Foul on Charter Overbuild Conditions for One Million Broadband Locations

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The American Cable Association (ACA) and NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association are not giving up on their opposition to an FCC decision last year that calls for Charter to overbuild one million locations that already have broadband service available to them at speeds of...Learn More

Adtran: Connect America Fund Broadband Technologies Will Be a Mixed Bag

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Telcos are likely to use a mixture of technologies — including fixed wireless, copper bonding and vectoring – to meet deployment requirements of phase two of the Connect America Fund (CAF), said Kurt Raaflaub, head of strategic solutions marketing for broadband equipment supplier Adtran, in...Learn More

Windstream CEO: We’ll Pass on OTT, Focus on Broadband and Continue to Leverage Rural Markets

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Windstream’s heavily rural local service territory gives the company an advantage over other major local exchange carriers, said Windstream CEO Tony Thomas yesterday. In combination with Windstream broadband, which has seen substantial investment, the company’s rural focus has enabled it to see stable revenue in...Learn More

Hargray Communications Sold to Private Investment Group

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Regional carrier Hargray Communications has agreed to be sold to an investment group led by the Tom Pritzker Family Business Interests. Redwood Capital Investments and Stephens Capital Partners are also participating in the all-cash transaction. Hargray Communications operates a regional network, headquartered in South Carolina,...Learn More

CFO: TDS Telecom Fiber Take Rates Exceed Expectations

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TDS Telecom fiber take rates are exceeding expectations in the 28 markets where the company has deployed fiber to support broadband service at rates up to 1 Gbps, said Vicki Villacrez, chief financial officer for the company, in a presentation at a financial conference yesterday....Learn More

Mayors Offer Ideas for Including Broadband in Trump Infrastructure Investment Plans

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Mayors and other elected community leaders representing 62 cities and counties sent a this week to President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) emphasizing the importance of broadband in  Trump infrastructure investment plans, which were part of...Learn More

$212 Million in Broadband Funding Awarded to 26 Carriers Including FairPoint, Frontier, and TDS

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The state of New York this week awarded nearly $212 million in funding to bring broadband to parts of the state where service is not available today or is only available at low speeds. The broadband funding awarded went to 26 companies, including cable companies,...Learn More

Latest USDA Rural Broadband Loans Announced, Nearly $20 Million Will Fund Fiber Upgrades

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Acting U.S. Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning today announced the awarding of $19.3 million in USDA rural broadband loans to roll out service in rural parts of Illinois and Oklahoma. Among the loan award winners, Southern Plains Cable, LLC will receive a...Learn More

Electric Co-op Broadband Providers Embrace Cloud Voice Services

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Electric cooperative telecom initiatives gained further momentum this week with the news that four electric co-op broadband providers would offer voice services using a cloud-based solution from Alianza. Three of the co-ops – Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative; NEXT, powered by North Arkansas Electric Cooperative; and...Learn More