Rural Broadband Zone

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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

FCC Changes Direction on 5G License Areas

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The FCC on Friday released additional details on proposed plans to open up an unprecedented amount of spectrum for 5G wireless networks.  The commission expects to vote next month on the plans, which are quite similar to what was proposed late last year, except with...Learn More

CAF II Winners Eyeing DSL Rings to Boost Copper Bandwidth

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Seven winners of Connect America Funding, including some of the largest U.S. carriers, are exploring DSL Rings technology developed by Genesis Technical Systems as a means of boosting the bandwidth of installed copper telephone wiring. Genesis has spearheaded the creation of an industry group, to...Learn More

Rye Telephone Certified Gig-Capable Provider by NTCA

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Colorado City, CO (June 15, 2016) –Rye Telephone Company (RTC), a USConnect company, was today recognized by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America, as a Certified Gig-Capable Provider...Learn More

NRTC Begins New Era, Continues Ongoing Commitment to Members

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Jun 17, 2016  — NRTC has a new look. Go to www.nrtc.coop and you will see a new logo and a totally redesigned website with a modern look, vibrant colors and reflecting a rededication to advancing new technologies in rural America. At the same time,...Learn More

Telecom, Utility Partnership Pursues Arkansas Gigabit

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A rural telecom service provider and a neighboring rural electric power cooperative are coming together to bring gigabit broadband to parts of rural Arkansas. The rural telco is South Arkansas Telephone (SATCO) and the power company is Ouachita Electric Cooperative (OECC). The telecom, utility partnership...Learn More

Comcast, NCTC Agreement Paves Way for DOCSIS 3.1

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A new Comcast, NCTC Agreement will provide the NCTC’s small cableco members with advanced technology that reduces the bandwidth and equipment needed to support video services. As Comcast Wholesale explains in a press release, the cablecos can use the reclaimed bandwidth and equipment to offer...Learn More

Onvoy Buys ANPI to Build Scale and Acquire Additional Capabilities

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In what is an industry-wide trend, Minnesota based Onvoy buys ANPi to build scale and improve capabilities. The combined company will create a significant ‘carrier’s carrier,’ bringing together two networks with extensive reach into the North American service provider market. Both companies have deep roots...Learn More

Windstream, 365 Data Centers Deal Highlights Tier 2 and 3 Opportunities

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A Windstream, 365 Data Centers deal announced today will give customers of 365 Data Centers the ability to connect to the data centers using Windstream’s national DWDM, Ethernet and IP networks. 365 Data Centers operates 14 facilities in tier 2 markets, and according to today’s...Learn More

Opposition to Charter Overbuild Requirements: ACA and NTCA Weigh In

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The American Cable Association and NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association this week filed petitions in opposition to Charter overbuild requirements imposed by the FCC as a condition of Charter’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Both organizations represent smaller, rural operators....Learn More

With New LOC Rules in Place, FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Funding Moves Ahead

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In what could signal the beginning of the end of the FCC Rural Broadband Experiment (RBE) funding logjam, the commission on Friday said it was ready to authorize RBE support for six RBE projects in two states. The funding, which totals over $4 million, will...Learn More

VTEL Broadband Dispute: Is Vermont Funding an Overbuilder?

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Could ongoing controversy in Vermont involving network operator VTEL be a precursor of controversies to come involving broadband funding for unserved areas? Local media outlet VTDigger reports that the state of Vermont will allow network operators to collect public funding to deploy broadband to areas...Learn More