Cooperatives Embrace Fiber Broadband: ILSR Finds 87 Cooperative Gigabit Deployments Nationwide

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Telecom and electric cooperatives are playing an important role in bringing high-speed broadband to rural America, according to a new report from the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). Using FCC data, researchers identified 87 cooperative gigabit deployments as of...Learn More

Thirteen Additional Communities Gain NTCA Smart Rural Communities Designation

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NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association announced thirteen rural communities have been designated as Smart Rural Communities during their Fall Conference, taking place in Philadelphia this week. The NTCA  Smart Rural Communities program was launched back in 2013. The program aims to recognize and designate rural communities...Learn More

Vyve Business 250 Mbps Service Now in Almost 100 Rural Markets

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Vyve Broadband is offering businesses 250 Mbps broadband tiers in almost 100 rural markets in six states, the company said this week. The Vyve business 250 Mbps offering is available only to businesses, according to the company, which specializes in non-urban areas. “We are so...Learn More

Vyve Rural Cable Strategy: 200 Mbps Everywhere and Engage the Community

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More than 80% of Vyve Broadband markets can now get speeds of 200 Mbps, the rural cable company announced late yesterday. Moving forward, the Vyve rural cable strategy calls for upgrading the company’s entire footprint to support speeds of 200 Mbps, said Diane Quennoz, Vyve senior...Learn More

Donovan: AT&T Gigabit Technology Could Include AirGig, 5G, G.fast

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Gigabit access is now a primary goal for AT&T and they see multiple technology paths to achieve it. “We need to evolve our entire network to a gigabit,” said AT&T Group President and Chief Strategy Officer John Donovan today.  Donovan expects AT&T gigabit technology to...Learn More

Mediacom Gigabit Footprint Now Includes All Iowa Territories

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Nearly one million households in Iowa are now a part of the Mediacom gigabit footprint, the company announced today. Mediacom’s gigabit footprint expansion, code named Gigasphere, also touches portions of western Illinois. “Since 1999, Mediacom has invested $3 billion of private capital in Iowa to...Learn More

Mediacom Eyes 100% DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Network Coverage By Year-end

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Mediacom will be the first major U.S. cable company with a 100% DOCSIS 3.1 gigabit network footprint, management announced in a press release. The cable MSO plans to complete its wholesale migration to the cable industry standard DOCSIS 3.1 Gigasphere platform by year-end. The Mediacom...Learn More

GigUP South Carolina: 11 Carriers Collaborate on Gigabit

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A good idea for small carriers pursuing gigabit networks comes from 11 carriers in South Carolina. The carriers, who already work together on the Spirit Communications statewide fiber network, have undertaken a new initiative dubbed GigUP South Carolina that aims to spur economic development through...Learn More

Small Town Gigabit Networks Planned in Oregon and Mississippi

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This week brings two more announcements involving small town gigabit networks. One comes from LS Networks, a company formed by a consortium of electric cooperatives, which will offer broadband at speeds between 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps in rural Maupin, Oregon. The other announcement comes...Learn More

ILSR Researchers Find 63 Gigabit Deployments by Cooperatives

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The Institute for Local Self Reliance estimates that there were 63 gigabit deployments by cooperatives in the U.S. as of December 31, 2015. ILSR based its research on Form 477 data that broadband providers submit to the FCC. Using that data, researchers identified about 200...Learn More

FCC Commissioner Pai Gigabit Opportunity Zones Proposal Would Target Rural Areas

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A proposal from FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai aims to encourage gigabit deployments in rural America by giving tax breaks to network operators deploying the high-speed broadband service. The Pai Gigabit Opportunity Zones proposal also would set aside 10% of the money raised from spectrum auctions...Learn More

Massachusetts Dispute Illustrates Challenges of Reaching Underserved Broadband Areas

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A dispute in Massachusetts illustrates the challenges that decision makers face in determining the best option for bringing service to underserved broadband areas. In this case decision makers must weigh a range of factors in determining whether Comcast or competitive network operator Matrix Design Group...Learn More

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