Windstream CEO Charts Course to Reverse Negative Broadband Growth

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Negative broadband growth trends at Windstream will improve this year as the result of the higher broadband speeds the company is making available, said Windstream CEO Tony Thomas yesterday. Thomas made his comments at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, which was...Learn More

NTCA: Average Rural Telecom Provider Paperwork Consumes 587 Hours Yearly

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Average rural telecom provider paperwork required by regulators consumes 587 hours per year – more than 73 workdays – including completing reports and responding to requests for information, according to a survey conducted by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and the Small Company Coalition...Learn More

Rural Gigabit Broadband is Part of FCC $2 Billion Connect America Fund Auction Plans

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Rural areas that currently lack broadband could gain broadband at speeds above 1 Gbps as the result of action taken by the FCC at its monthly meeting today. Speeds of 1 Gbps downstream and 500 Mbps upstream are one of four speed levels established by...Learn More

Electric Cooperative WiFi Deployment Aims to Support Home Broadband

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Bandera Electric Cooperative, based in rural Texas, aims to rely heavily on WiFi to bring broadband to its customers. The Bandera Electric Cooperative WiFi plans include installing fiber on the company’s existing poles, to which the company also will add WiFi access points, a company...Learn More

Anza Electric Cooperative Broadband Plans Include FTTP, Smart Grid, Digital Literacy

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The latest rural electric cooperative broadband deployment comes from California-based Anza Electric Cooperative. The company is deploying fiber-to-the-premises and initially will offer symmetrical service at 50 Mbps but eventually expects to increase to gigabit speeds, said Anza General Manager Kevin Short in an interview with...Learn More

G.fast Bandwidth Improvement Better Positions Copper Broadband Against Cable, DOCSIS

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Broadband component manufacturer Sckipio Technologies hopes its new chip announced today will help telcos better compete with cable companies by enabling G.fast bandwidth to be dynamically allocated between the upstream and downstream paths. G.fast technology originally was developed to support high bandwidth over short copper...Learn More

Rise Broadband Fixed LTE to Expand to Over 20 More Markets

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Rise Broadband fixed LTE will be expanded to at least 20 more small- to mid-size markets, the company said yesterday. That move will enable the company to raise Internet speeds to as high as 50 Mbps in those markets, according to a press release. Residential...Learn More

Obama Cool and Connected Broadband Program Targets Rural Economic Development

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Five rural communities in the same number of states will participate in President Obama’s Cool and Connected broadband pilot program, which aims to use broadband to spur economic development in these communities. The program is administered by The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S....Learn More

Consolidated, Syringa News Highlights Ethernet, Cloud Services Growth for Tier 2/3 Telcos

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Two announcements this week remind us of how important Ethernet and cloud services growth is for Tier 2 and 3 telcos. Syringa Networks announced it had achieved Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification for several services. Additionally,  Consolidated Communications announced new metro markets for its cloud offerings....Learn More

Senators Want USDA’s Community Connect Broadband Speed Definition Raised

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Four U.S. senators have written a letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, asking him to raise the Community Connect broadband speed definition. The Community Connect grant program pays the majority of the costs of bringing broadband to extremely rural lower-income...Learn More

Verizon LTE in Rural America Carrier Deploys XLTE, Exec Says More to Come

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When Verizon made its XLTE spectrum and technology available to participants in the Verizon LTE in Rural America (LRA) program, it wasn’t clear how popular the offering would be with the rural carriers.  But Verizon on Monday announced in a blog post that one LRA...Learn More

Consolidated Iowa Telco Sale Underscores Non-Core Asset Divestiture Trend

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An announced Consolidated Iowa telco sale to two smaller rural telcos is the latest example of a large company selling operations not considered core to its business. The company plans to sell nine exchanges to Mutual Telephone Company of Sioux Center, Iowa (also known as...Learn More