Frontier West Virginia Lawsuit Attacks Company’s Broadband Service

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Frontier has some big headaches in West Virginia, where it faces a class action lawsuit about its broadband service. A report from local media outlet Charleston Gazette quotes from the lawsuit, which states that Frontier “has a monopoly on Internet services in most of West...Learn More

Solarus Gigabit Network Helped Company Become a ‘Smart Rural Community’

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Wisconsin-based rural telco Solarus has the distinction of being both an NTCA Smart Rural Community and a provider of gigabit broadband service. Solarus is a customer-owned company that has provided telephone service for over 100 years but in recent years has transformed itself into a...Learn More

C Spire Shares Important Initial Gigabit Lessons Learned

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One of the more interesting examples of a Gigabit service launch is C Spire. Historically a regional wireless company in the Southeast U.S., C Spire recently began an ambitious ‘Silicon South’ Gigabit services launch in the state of Mississippi. Jared Baumann, manager of consumer fiber...Learn More

Non-Profit RFP Seeks Construction of Rural Healthcare Fiber Networks

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A non-profit organization representing healthcare and educational institutions is seeking contractors that can build wide area fiber networks for these institutions in rural areas lacking broadband connectivity. The organization, known as MiCTA, was founded in 1982 to negotiate group purchasing agreements with the local incumbent...Learn More

CEO: Windstream Likely to Accept CAF II Broadband Funding

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Windstream expects to accept Connect America funding in Phase II of the program to cover some of the costs of bringing broadband to customers who can’t get broadband service today, said Windstream CEO Jeff Gardner in an interview with Telecompetitor last week. “We’re very optimistic...Learn More

DISH and Frontier Communications Extend Agreement to Deliver Bundled Technology Solutions

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. & STAMFORD, Conn.–(Business Wire)–DISH (NASDAQ: DISH) and Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) have agreed to a multi-year contract renewal that provides Frontier customers with bundled technology solutions. The agreement builds upon the longstanding relationship between the companies to offer Frontier customers the ability...Learn More

ITS Telecom Launches Symmetrical Gigabit Service

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Florida-based ITS Telecom joins the ranks of rural telcos offering gigabit service – with a couple of twists to its implementation. Unlike some other companies that offer gigabit speeds only on the downstream path, ITS’s service will be symmetrical, supporting gigabit speeds in both directions....Learn More

Global Capacity/ Indatel Deal Targets Out-of-Region Ethernet

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Rural network operators should find it easier to meet business customers’ carrier Ethernet needs as the result of a new deal announced today between Global Capacity and Indatel. Global Capacity is a wholesale connectivity provider that operates One Marketplace, a sophisticated on-line quotation and purchasing...Learn More

BroadbandVision: Practical Advice, a Glimpse at the Future

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The BroadbandVision conference in Las Vegas this week offered network operators the opportunity to share business tips with one another and to learn about new business and technology developments heading their way. The event brought together large and small broadband service providers, with a wide...Learn More

FCC Aims to Maximize Unlicensed Use of TV Spectrum Post Auction

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The FCC today took action aimed at maximizing unlicensed use of TV white spaces spectrum after the incentive auction of TV broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band is completed. The action took the form of two notices of proposed rulemaking in which the commission...Learn More

FCC Releases Rural Broadband Experiment Details

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Today, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) releases the application form for the rural broadband experiments, FCC Form 5610, and provides additional information to assist potential applicants in completing the application form. The Bureau also announces that a brief delay in the timing of the applications...Learn More

When Will We Need New TV White Spaces Standard?

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A new IEEE standard designated 802.19.1 aims to fix what for now is a minor flaw in TV white spaces broadband technology, but which could become more problematic in the future as the technology is more widely deployed. When technologists figured out how to use...Learn More