NTCA Report Quantifies Broadband Benefits, Adoption Challenges

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Three in 10 U.S. adults do not use the Internet at home – and getting them online will be considerably more challenging than connecting the first seven, notes a paper released this week from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. But the effort would be...Learn More

Rural Broadband Investments Acquires Poplar Bluff Cable

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April 01, 2014 — OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rural Broadband Investments (“RBI”) today announced it has closed the acquisition of City Cable from The City of Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The acquisition comes shortly after RBI’s initial platform investment in NewWave Communications (“NewWave”) and the follow-on acquisitions...Learn More

FCC Report: Small Telco Broadband Subscribers Doubled in Two Years

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The number of residential customers taking broadband service from the nation’s smaller rate of return carriers more than doubled between December 2010 and December 2012 – increasing 114%, according to a report released from the FCC this week. In comparison, the number of residential customers...Learn More

CTO: Agile Networks Could Take Broadband Wireless Outside Ohio

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The broadband wireless deployment that Agile Networks has undertaken throughout Ohio has been so successful that the company is considering expanding to other states, said Agile Networks CTO Kyle Quillen in an interview today. As Telecompetitor reported back in 2012, Agile Networks has a rather...Learn More

Sprint Partners With CCA and NetAmerica to Expand Rural 4G LTE

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Sprint wants to accelerate its 4G buildout and it’s turning to rural carriers to help them achieve it. Rural carriers will soon be able to partner with Sprint through their affiliations with the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and the NetAmerica Alliance (NAA) for preferred roaming...Learn More

FCC Seeks 40% Increase in Rural Local Phone Service Rates

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The average rate paid for local voice service in urban areas is $20.46, according to a survey conducted by the Federal Communications Commission. And according to rules established a few years ago, rural carriers that charge less than that amount are required to raise rates...Learn More

Stakeholders Debate Rural Broadband Deployment Challenges at FCC Workshop

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An FCC workshop today was organized with the goal of offering insight on how the commission should allocate funding for rural broadband trials and ultimately, how a broadband Connect America Fund for rate of return carriers would be structured. The workshop drew on a wide...Learn More

Startup ASA Networks is Bullish on TV White Spaces Broadband

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New York City-based startup company ASA Networks sees great potential for TV white spaces technology. The wireless Internet service provider is currently trialing the technology in Gallatin, a rural area in upstate New York, and plans to expand service to other communities in the future....Learn More

FCC Releases Additional Connect America Fund Dollars to AT&T and Windstream

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AT&T and Windstream will be able to bring broadband to more than 20,000  additional locations that currently cannot get broadband service as the result of a public notice issued by the FCC on Friday. AT&T will get an additional $5.2 million and Windstream will get...Learn More

Almost 1,000 Entities Want to Participate in FCC Rural Broadband Trials

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Almost 1,000 entities want to participate in rural broadband trials planned by the Federal Communications Commission, according to a blog post published by the FCC yesterday. An FCC spokesman told Telecomptetitor that the commission has received about 950 expressions of interest in participating in the...Learn More

Lessons from the 2013 Broadband Connect America Fund

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The final accounting from the 2013 Broadband Connect America Fund program is all but completed – and the results were considerably different from what occurred with the 2012 program. I tallied up data from the FCC (see chart below), which yielded two key takeaways about...Learn More

TDS Completes Stimulus Project In Kentucky

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February 27, 2014 — TDS® announces the ARRA broadband stimulus project is complete; high-speed Internet service now available to businesses and nearly 2,100 households, about 500 more households than initially projected. TDS Telecom (TDS®) announces its broadband Internet project in Kentucky — around Hyden —...Learn More