Rural Health Telecom Sees Rural IT Shortage

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (Sept. 16, 2014) – Critical shortages of health care IT skillsets are creating health and economic disparities especially in rural America where residents are poorer, sicker and more likely to be uninsured and threaten sustainable health care across the country, Rural Health...Learn More

FCC: E-Rate Reforms Could Bring Wi-Fi to Every Student in Five Years

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The FCC estimates that 10.5 million students per year could gain Internet connectivity inside their schools if the commission moves ahead with E-Rate reforms outlined in July. Within five years, all U.S. schools would have internal Internet connectivity, the FCC says. The E-Rate program is...Learn More

Buggs Island LTE Network to Use NetAmerica Bonfire Brand

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Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative said late yesterday that it has turned up 4G LTE broadband service under NetAmerica’s Bonfire brand in parts of its rural Virginia service territory. A NetAmerica spokesperson confirmed that BIT, like all other NetAmerica participants that have operational LTE networks, is...Learn More

North State Gigabit Service Launches

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North State Communications, one of the nation’s larger independent telcos, said yesterday that it has begun to offer gigabit service to some customers in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina and that it will expand that offering before year’s end to a total of...Learn More

GVTC to Build 10-Gigabit Boerne School District Fiber Network

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Texas-based regional carrier GVTC said today it will build and maintain a 10-gigabit capacity fiber network for the Boerne Independent School District in Boerne, Texas near San Antonio. The news came just a couple of months after the carrier announced plans for a gigabit network...Learn More

WOW! Business Services Growth Illustrates Growing Competitive Dynamic

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Like other cable MSOs, WOW! sees the business sector as a huge opportunity for growth. The Denver based service provider with operations in the Midwest and Southeast (through their Knology acquisition) has doubled their Huntsville, Alabama based business services customer service team to 60 employees....Learn More

Microsoft: Africa TV White Spaces Broadband Network is World’s Largest

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Microsoft and Adaptrum have partnered with MyDigitalBridge Foundation to conduct a trial of a TV white spaces broadband network in Namibia which according to an announcement released today is the world’s largest TVWS deployment measured by geography. The network is intended as a blueprint for...Learn More

FCC: Bids for Rural Broadband Experiments Can’t Exceed Model-Based Support Level

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Interested parties have until October 14 to file applications to participate in the FCC’s rural broadband experiments. Last week the commission released a 24-page notice detailing the application process for the experiments, which among other things, reveals that applicants will not be allowed to ask...Learn More

Rural Gigabit Boom Expected Thanks to GPON Upgrades

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Gigabit network announcements involving Tier 2 and Tier 3 carriers have been coming out more and more frequently – and we may be seeing just the tip of the iceberg. Adtran, a company that makes a variety of equipment underlying fiber-to-the-home networks, expects to see...Learn More

ViaSat “Virtually” Eliminates Satellite Broadband Caps

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Update August 20- ViaSat later yesterday said the virtually unlimited offer will also be available in Hawaii and parts of Alaska ViaSat made a big move today that could help the company overcome one of the biggest limitations of its satellite broadband offering. The company...Learn More

Canby Telcom Gigabit Plans Include Change of FTTH Vendors

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Canby Telcom is one of the latest examples of a small rural network operator that has made the decision to offer service at speeds up to a gigabit per second. The network will serve the operator’s home market of Canby, Oregon. Rural network operators tend...Learn More

RUS Broadband Loan Awards Made to Three Rural Telcos

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The Rural Utilities Service has awarded nearly $40 million in broadband loans to support new or improved broadband service. The program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture,  provides low-interest loans to bring broadband to rural areas where deployment costs are higher than in urban...Learn More