FCC Poised to Require Military Users to Share Spectrum with Broadband Providers

The FCC is poised to adopt a spectrum sharing plan that could make 150 MHz of spectrum available for wireless broadband on a nearly nationwide basis. The spectrum lies in the 3550-3700 MHz band currently used by army and navy radar in limited geographic areas,...Learn More

Bernstein: Connect America Fund Could Boost Five Carriers’ Annual Revenues by $717 Million by 2020

Phase II of the Connect America Fund, targeted to get underway soon, offers substantial “financial upside” for five of the nation’s largest price cap carriers, according to telecom financial analysts at Bernstein Research. In a research note issued yesterday, Bernstein analysts estimated that the five...Learn More

Wireless Stakeholders Defend Against Alleged TV White Spaces Database Flaws

The National Association of Broadcasters last week filed an emergency motion with the FCC to suspend operation of the TV white spaces database because, according to the NAB, the system has “serious design flaws.” But according to the Wireless Innovation Alliance, the NAB has provided...Learn More

Obama’s Broadband Opportunity Council Aims to Spur Broadband Deployment

President Obama’s latest initiative to expand broadband availability, announced today, is to create a Broadband Opportunity Council charged with determining what various government agencies can do to help spur broadband deployment, competition and adoption. Heading up the effort will be Department of Agriculture Secretary John...Learn More

CCA to Cast a Wider Net with New Mobile Carriers Show

The Competitive Carriers Association has big goals for the new conference to be known as the Mobile Carriers Show that it plans to hold in Nashville in April 2016. “We hope we will be able to attract new vendors and application developers,” said CCA President...Learn More

Open Internet Order Reporting Requirements: Small Providers Get a Break

Smaller broadband providers will not face new reporting requirements as a result of the Open Internet order adopted in late February – at least not immediately and possibly not longer-term. On a briefing with reporters about the order, released today, a senior FCC official said...Learn More

Rural Gigabit Certification is Next Chapter for Rural Smart Community Program

This week at the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting and Expo, NTCA previewed the latest chapter of their Smart Rural Community program. The initiative intends to add a Gigabit community certification program to this rural broadband program, which aims to foster economic and community development activity...Learn More

NTCA: Wireless Broadband Substitution for Landline Not Viable

Wireless-based alternatives are not a viable substitute for landline broadband, according to a new report issued this week that was sponsored by NTCA- The Rural Broadband Association and written by Vantage Point Solutions. Terrestrial wireless networks are considerably more costly on a per-bit basis than...Learn More

Eastern Oregon Telecom Goes Gigabit with Huawei

PLANO, Texas (March 9, 2015) – Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that Eastern Oregon Telecom (EOT), a local area leader in voice, broadband Internet and fiber transport solutions, has selected Huawei to bring a gigabit broadband network...Learn More

FCC Chooses 12 New Rural Broadband Experiment Winners

Twelve new entities – including small rural telephone companies, utility companies and others — have been provisionally selected to participate in the FCC’s rural broadband experiments. The newly selected entities were chosen after some of the entities originally selected to participate were denied funding. The...Learn More

$10 Million Frontier Rural Revitalization Contest Draws 250 Applicants

More than 250 communities already have registered to participate in “America’s Best Communities,” a rural revitalization competition sponsored by Frontier Communications, Dish Network and CoBank – and other communities now have until March 25 to apply. The program, announced in September, will award a total...Learn More

Ritter and iRis Network Deal Illustrates Ethernet Interconnection Promise

Interconnecting via Carrier Ethernet network-to-network interfaces (NNIs) can be an excellent opportunity for regional fiber network operators, as an announcement from Ritter Communications and iRis Networks yesterday illustrates. Ritter started out more than 100 years ago as a local phone service provider in Marked Tree, Arkansas...Learn More