Rural Broadband Zone

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AT&T and Verizon CAF Plans for Rural Broadband Heading in Two Different Directions

AT&T and Verizon CAF plans were revealed today, and it appears they have differing views on their rural broadband future. AT&T joins the list of telecom companies that have opted to accept most of the Connect America funding they were offered by the FCC earlier...Learn More

Consolidated, CenturyLink Accept CAF Totaling $514 Million

CenturyLink said today that it will accept approximately $500 million  annually from the FCC’s Connect America Fund to cover some of the cost of bringing broadband to parts of the company’s local service territory that can’t get broadband today or only have low-speed broadband available....Learn More

Nine Rural Telcos Receive NTCA Gig-Capable Certification

NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association said it has certified nine small service providers as Gig-Capable Providers under a program announced earlier this year. The goal of that program is to build awareness and industry recognition of community-based providers that have built gigabit networks. To...Learn More

GVTC Managed Wi-Fi Offering Positioned to Support Internet of Things

As smaller service providers look to diversify their revenue streams, one excellent opportunity is in providing managed Wi-Fi. One smaller provider that has had success in this area is Texas-based GVTC. In an interview Tom Zanoli, product manager, Internet and security for GVTC, said the...Learn More

ACA to FCC: Smaller Cable Companies Are Shutting Down and Congress Should Know Why

The American Cable Association, which represents small, primarily rural, cable companies, is again asking the Federal Communications Commission to report on and study the closing of smaller cable systems, including why the closings occurred. Ninety-one cable systems serving more than 5,300 subscribers shut down in...Learn More

USDA: Farm Internet Usage Climbs to 70%

The Internet is becoming increasingly important to U.S. farmers, according to a report issued this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nearly 70% of farms currently have Internet access – up from 67% in 2013 and from about 57% in 2007, according to the...Learn More

FairPoint Accepts CAF Support of $37.4 Million Annually, Rejects Two States

Updated August 20th with information about Hawaiian Telcom Add FairPoint Communications to the list of carriers that have accepted Connect America Fund dollars in exchange for agreeing to bring broadband to portions of their local service territories where broadband isn’t available today or is available...Learn More

With $3.3 Billion in Bidding Credits Rejected, What’s Next for DISH Network?

The possibility of DISH Network offering fixed broadband in rural areas could be in jeopardy now that the FCC has denied bidding credits in the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction to two companies that are majority owned by DISH. The bidding credits, intended to give small...Learn More

TDS Selects ADTRAN for FTTP Gigabit Initiative

August 13, 2015 — HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ: ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, today announced that TDS Telecom (TDS®) is the most recent addition to its growing Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program. TDS provides high-speed Internet, phone and TV entertainment services...Learn More

Is Rise Broadband the New Carrier of Last Resort?

Rise Broadband issued a press release yesterday touting the $16.9 million it will receive through the FCC rural broadband experiment program.  The company plans to use broadband wireless to bring broadband to areas in price cap territories in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Texas –...Learn More

TDS: Fiberville is Helping FTTH Meet or Exceed Company Objectives

With over 1.2 million connections of broadband, phone, and IPTV services in 150 communities across the U.S, TDS is the seventh largest traditional telco in the country. Like many of their telco brethren, TDS has embarked on a FTTH overbuild, including a gigabit offer, which...Learn More

Shentel Will Acquire NTELOS in $640M Regional Wireless Tie Up

Two mid-Atlantic regional wireless providers are coming together, with news that Shentel will acquire NTELOS for approximately $640 Million, including net debt. The two providers are geographically positioned next to each other and were both affiliates of Sprint in one form or another. The deal...Learn More