Rural Broadband Zone

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Rural Gigabit Broadband is Part of FCC $2 Billion Connect America Fund Auction Plans

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Rural areas that currently lack broadband could gain broadband at speeds above 1 Gbps as the result of action taken by the FCC at its monthly meeting today. Speeds of 1 Gbps downstream and 500 Mbps upstream are one of four speed levels established by...Learn More

ACA: 200 Small Video Providers Could Shut Down Due to New FCC STB Requirements

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The American Cable Association has joined the opposition to new proposed FCC STB requirements introduced earlier this year, arguing the proposal could force more than 200 of the 700 small U.S. cable companies out of the video business. The FCC proposal would require cable companies...Learn More

Electric Cooperative WiFi Deployment Aims to Support Home Broadband

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Bandera Electric Cooperative, based in rural Texas, aims to rely heavily on WiFi to bring broadband to its customers. The Bandera Electric Cooperative WiFi plans include installing fiber on the company’s existing poles, to which the company also will add WiFi access points, a company...Learn More

Anza Electric Cooperative Broadband Plans Include FTTP, Smart Grid, Digital Literacy

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The latest rural electric cooperative broadband deployment comes from California-based Anza Electric Cooperative. The company is deploying fiber-to-the-premises and initially will offer symmetrical service at 50 Mbps but eventually expects to increase to gigabit speeds, said Anza General Manager Kevin Short in an interview with...Learn More

G.fast Bandwidth Improvement Better Positions Copper Broadband Against Cable, DOCSIS

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Broadband component manufacturer Sckipio Technologies hopes its new chip announced today will help telcos better compete with cable companies by enabling G.fast bandwidth to be dynamically allocated between the upstream and downstream paths. G.fast technology originally was developed to support high bandwidth over short copper...Learn More

Rise Broadband Fixed LTE to Expand to Over 20 More Markets

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Rise Broadband fixed LTE will be expanded to at least 20 more small- to mid-size markets, the company said yesterday. That move will enable the company to raise Internet speeds to as high as 50 Mbps in those markets, according to a press release. Residential...Learn More

Consumer Complaint Leads to InContact Rural Call Completion Settlement

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Cloud contact center application provider InContact has agreed to pay a $100,000 civil penalty and implement a compliance program in a rural call completion settlement with the FCC. It’s the smallest of five such settlements that have been made with the FCC but it also...Learn More

Obama Cool and Connected Broadband Program Targets Rural Economic Development

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Five rural communities in the same number of states will participate in President Obama’s Cool and Connected broadband pilot program, which aims to use broadband to spur economic development in these communities. The program is administered by The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S....Learn More

Consolidated, Syringa News Highlights Ethernet, Cloud Services Growth for Tier 2/3 Telcos

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Two announcements this week remind us of how important Ethernet and cloud services growth is for Tier 2 and 3 telcos. Syringa Networks announced it had achieved Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification for several services. Additionally,  Consolidated Communications announced new metro markets for its cloud offerings....Learn More

Senators Want USDA’s Community Connect Broadband Speed Definition Raised

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Four U.S. senators have written a letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, asking him to raise the Community Connect broadband speed definition. The Community Connect grant program pays the majority of the costs of bringing broadband to extremely rural lower-income...Learn More

Verizon LTE in Rural America Carrier Deploys XLTE, Exec Says More to Come

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When Verizon made its XLTE spectrum and technology available to participants in the Verizon LTE in Rural America (LRA) program, it wasn’t clear how popular the offering would be with the rural carriers.  But Verizon on Monday announced in a blog post that one LRA...Learn More

Consolidated Iowa Telco Sale Underscores Non-Core Asset Divestiture Trend

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An announced Consolidated Iowa telco sale to two smaller rural telcos is the latest example of a large company selling operations not considered core to its business. The company plans to sell nine exchanges to Mutual Telephone Company of Sioux Center, Iowa (also known as...Learn More