Rural Broadband Zone

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Wisconsin Interactive Broadband Map Targets Economic Development

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The Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation have created an interactive map plotting business parks in the state where gigabit broadband connectivity is available, illustrating the importance that high-speed broadband service has become to business site selection. At its launch, the map...Learn More

Hiawatha Broadband CEO: How to Make Rural Gigabit Economics Work

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A gigabit project from RS Fiber Cooperative and Hiawatha Broadband Communications set to kick off in Minnesota will focus on small towns and rural areas. Rural gigabit isn’t unusual, as Telecompetitor readers know. But while rural gigabit projects typically are undertaken by an incumbent service...Learn More

Challenges to Title II Broadband Reclassification Pile Up

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You could say telecom organizations are piling on the FCC over the commission’s decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II telecommunications service. Associations representing wireless carriers and large and small cable companies today joined USTelecom in challenging the FCC’s decision. Associations filing protests with...Learn More

Behind Indatel 100G Network Upgrade

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A 100 Gbps network upgrade is underway for the Indatel consortium of independent regional and statewide fiber networks. By interconnecting fiber network resources, the group is working towards assembling a single seamless network covering a large part of the U.S. “Many member companies have deployed...Learn More

Alaska Communications Launches HD Voice

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska– April 09, 2015 –Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK), Alaska’s leading broadband and IT managed service provider, has enhanced Voice over Internet service for Alaska businesses with its new high definition (HD) voice capability. The new capability increases sound clarity to provide a better call experience...Learn More

ACA to FCC: Broadband Investment at Significant Risk Due to Rising Video Programming Cost

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The American Cable Association is asking the FCC to take steps to control steeply climbing programming costs. According to a study from the ACA and business consulting firm Cartesian, small carriers are seeing margins erode so sharply as a result of climbing programming costs that...Learn More

AT&T vs. TV White Spaces: Parsing a Blog Post

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In today’s world of online corporate blogs, it’s important to keep in mind that although such blogs can inform us, the authors typically aren’t journalists and aren’t always out to provide the full story on an issue. These thoughts came to mind as I read...Learn More

Bluewave: VoIP, the Cloud, Telco-Utility Partnership and Opportunity Collide

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South Carolina-based HTC, the nation’s largest telecom cooperative, is adding voice to Bluewave Communications‘ broadband and video services, offered over a fiber-to-the-home network in North Carolina and owned by a local power utility. The power utility, Lumbee River Electric Membership Coop, enlisted HTC to provide...Learn More

CCA’s Berry: FirstNet Public Safety Network Presents Rural Carrier Opportunities

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FirstNet, the nation’s planned mobile broadband public safety network offers significant opportunities for rural wireless network operators, according to Steven K. Berry, president and CEO of the Competitive Carriers Association. “My suggestion to carriers is ‘this is an opportunity you have to be part of,’”...Learn More

The Weather Channel Joins America’s Best Communities Program

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April 02, 2015 — STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–America’s Best Communities Competition today announced that The Weather Channel is joining Frontier Communications, DISH Network and CoBank as a sponsor of the America’s Best Communities competition, a $10 million competition to revitalize small towns and rural communities. Conceived...Learn More

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

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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

Rural Call Completion Problem Garners More Attention with New Senate Bill

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The latest attempt to stop problems with calls not going through to rural areas comes from two U.S. senators, who have introduced the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act. The legislation, introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) would direct the...Learn More