NTCA Report Highlights 15 Year Rural Broadband Progress

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Rural broadband has come a long way in the last 15 years, according to new research from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. One hundred percent of NTCA’s small rural telco members who responded to a 2015 survey offer broadband to some part of their...Learn More

Future of Pay-TV: Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (Sort Of)

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If you follow the broadband industry closely, you have probably seen a pay-TV forecast or two that suggests pay-TV’s brightest days are in the past. Cord cutting and OTT alternatives are now ‘in vogue’ and some say the future of pay-TV is in jeopardy as...Learn More

FCC Commissioner: Don’t Plan CAF Mobility Fund Without Planning Remote Area Fund

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The FCC should not plan for a CAF Mobility Fund without also planning the parameters for a Remote Area Fund (RAF), argued FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly in a blog post this week. The RAF is intended to help cover the costs of bringing broadband to...Learn More

Verizon CAF Auction Ideas: Declined States, Least Costly Locations Should Get Priority

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Although Verizon to date has declined to accept funding through the Connect America Fund (CAF) program to bring broadband to unserved parts of its local service territory, the company may be having a change of heart. Comments filed by Verizon with the FCC suggest the...Learn More

Nearly 80 Community-based Providers Delivering Gigabit Broadband to Rural Communities

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Arlington, Virginia — July 20, 2016 — One year after launching the Certified Gig-Capable Provider program to build awareness of community-based broadband providers delivering the Internet’s fastest speeds, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association has recognized 77 companies as Certified Gig-Capable Providers. The certified companies serve a...Learn More

Iowa Telco Selects REDCOM for Softswitch Migration

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Victor, NY — July 20, 2016 — REDCOM Laboratories Inc., a company that designs and manufactures reliable world-class digital and IP-enabled telecommunications systems, announced today that Minerva Valley Companies, in Zearing, Iowa, has installed a REDCOM High Density Exchange (HDX) softswitch in its central office,...Learn More

Qualified 600 MHz Auction Bidders Include 28 Companies with Rural Wireless Bidding Credits

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Twenty-eight companies with rural wireless bidding credits are on the FCC’s list of approved bidders for the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band. As expected, three of the four major national wireless carriers – AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon but not...Learn More

USDA Funds 81 Rural Distance Learning and Telemedicine Projects

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  announced it is funding 81 Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) projects in 32 states in order to improve healthcare services and extend distance learning programs in rural areas. A total $23.4 million of funding will come in the form...Learn More

Senate Broadband Caucus Aims to Improve Rural Broadband

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Senators from rural states are taking a lot of interest in broadband these days. Just one day after a group of 26 senators  sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler asking him to take action on a Universal Service broadband mobility fund some of...Learn More

Blackfoot Recognized as Cisco Premier Partner

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Missoula, Mont. — July 12, 2016 — Blackfoot Telecommunications Group, an innovative communications, broadband and IT solutions provider serving customers throughout the region, announced its recognition as a Cisco Premier Partner, with Advanced Core and WAN Specializations. As a Cisco Premier Partner, Blackfoot has the...Learn More

Senators Want USF Mobility Fund to Target Croplands

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A bi-partisan group of 26 senators is asking the FCC to establish new parameters for a USF mobility fund that would target broadband availability in croplands “or some other geographic measurement.” The goal would be to better support precision agriculture technology aimed at enhancing productivity...Learn More

New England Carriers Pursue Rural Wireless Wholesale Model

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New England-based sister companies Great Northwest Woods Wireless (GNW) and Wireless Partners have an uncommon business model, focused on a rural wireless wholesale model. The approach is highlighted by a recent deal between these two partners and ExteNet. “We can focus all our capital on...Learn More