BroadbandVision: It’s All About Broadband ROI and Perspective

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So much to learn, so little time. If you work in the broadband industry, I’m sure you can relate. There is no shortage of opportunities (which also have corresponding challenges), but the marketplace moves quickly, so you have to too. Picking and choosing the right...Learn More

CEO: Startup Rural Broadband Services Corporation Has Big Plans

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A startup company known as Rural Broadband Services Corporation has big plans for rural Tahlequah, Oklahoma – plans that RBSC CEO Roy Choates hopes he will be able to repeat in other rural communities that lack high-speed broadband connectivity. “We have a philosophy called ‘shared...Learn More

NCTC/ Global Capacity Deal Extends Cableco Service Reach

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The National Cable Television Cooperative has signed a master service agreement with Global Capacity aimed at enabling NCTC’s small cable company members to better serve the needs of business customers that need service outside a member’s local service territory. As Global Capacity Vice President of...Learn More

Dish/nTelos Broadband Wireless Priced at $29.99 Monthly

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As planned, Dish Network and regional wireless carrier nTelos said today that they have commercially launched their fixed wireless Internet service in five Virginia markets. The service will support download speeds up to 10 Mbps and will sell for a competitive $29.99 monthly when bundled...Learn More

FCC Proposes Model-Based CAF for Rate-of-Return Carriers

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The FCC wants rate-of-return telecom companies to transition to model-based support as today’s voice-focused high-cost Universal Service Fund is phased out and converted to a broadband-focused Connect America Fund program. Small rural ROR companies today receive USF support based on how their actual costs compare...Learn More

Facebook Free Wi-Fi Offered to North Carolina Students

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Google isn’t the only Internet software giant to get involved in the hardware and networking side of things. Facebook today said it would partner with non-profit Internet service provider Pangaea to provide free Wi-Fi connectivity to the homes of certain students in the Town of...Learn More

Rural Broadband Operator Selects ADVA for Optical Networking

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Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA. July 15, 2014. ADVA Optical Networking announced today that Rural Broadband Services Corporation (RBSC) is using ADVA Optical Networking’s Ethernet Services Suite (ESS) to bring broadband connectivity to extremely underserved areas of the USA. Focusing initially upon Tahlequah, a city in Cherokee...Learn More

FCC Reveals Rural Broadband Trial Plans, Reforms E-Rate

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The budget for FCC rural broadband trials announced in January has been set at $100 million and the commission expects to award funding by year-end, officials said at today’s FCC meeting, where selection criteria for the rural broadband trials also were adopted. The commission also...Learn More

C Spire Home Automation and Security to Launch in Gigabit Markets

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C Spire plans to offer home automation, security and monitoring to customers who purchase the gigabit service that the company is in the process of deploying in parts of Mississippi. The offering, called C Spire Home, will use Lynx equipment from Honeywell and will be...Learn More

NTCA Launches Rural Broadband Ad Campaign

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Arlington, Va. (July 9, 2014)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association this week unveiled a new advertising campaign touting rural telecommunications providers’ long and successful history of solving the challenges of distance and density in deploying networks and delivering quality, affordable services to the country’s most rural and...Learn More

NTCA Finds Fast Rural School Broadband

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It appears that the rural-rural broadband gap applies to schools as well as the broader Internet marketplace. That seems the best explanation for two substantially different measurements of average school bandwidth in surveys conducted by NTCA- The Rural Broadband Association and EducationSuperHighway, an advocacy organization...Learn More

FCC: U.S. Broadband Connections of 10 Mbps or Higher Doubled in One Year

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The number of fixed and mobile U.S. broadband connections with downstream speeds of at least 10 Mbps increased 118% between June 2012 and June 2013 to reach 103 million, according to FCC data released Friday.  The data is contained in the FCC’s latest “Internet Access...Learn More