Rural Broadband Zone

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Verizon: We Are Taking Lead on 5G and That Includes Rural 5G

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Verizon plans to test 5G wireless technology in a fixed implementation in rural as well as urban and suburban areas in trials beginning next year, said Verizon Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo today. Initially rural 5G didn’t appear to be part...Learn More

New USDA Funding for Telemedicine and Distance Learning Announced

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Nearly $5 million in USDA funding for telemedicine and distance learning was announced this week. The agency said it would invest $4.7  in 18 distance learning and telemedicine projects that will provide health care, substance misuse treatment and advanced educational opportunities in 16 states. “These...Learn More

Wheeler Rural Wireless Plans Include Revised Roaming Rules, Mobility Fund

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The FCC will take action aimed at revising mobile data roaming rules this year, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday, speaking at a Competitive Carriers Association event. Such reforms, he said, would be particularly important to rural wireless carriers, who must rely on roaming agreements...Learn More

AT&T Touts New Transformative Broadband Experience with AirGig Technology

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AT&T Labs introduced new AirGig technology today, that AT&T claims can bring wireless multi-gigabit speeds, using a hybrid powerline-wireless technology. The technology has both fixed and mobile applications, with potentially disruptive urban and rural applications. “Project AirGig has tremendous potential to transform internet access globally...Learn More

New Blackfoot Brand Unifies Company Under Single Brand

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A new Blackfoot brand from the Montana based regional carrier will unify multiple brands under one identity. Blackfoot has expanded through acquisition and other means into neighboring states, while also expanding its product portfolio beyond its incumbent local phone company focus. This move integrates acquired...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

Study: FCC Business Data Services Decision Could Determine Viability of Rural 5G

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The impact of the impending FCC business data services decision could be critical for rural wireless carriers, argued Raul Katz, president of telecom policy consulting firm Telecom Advisory Services, LLC, at a Washington, D.C. event Friday that was also webcast. The BDS decision will impact...Learn More

NRTC Pulse Broadband Acquisition Targets Rural Broadband Deployments

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NRTC yesterday announced it signed a definitive agreement to wholly acquire Pulse Broadband LLC, a company that has helped cooperatives, municipalities and others deploy fiber technology and services to rural homes, businesses and communities. Financial terms and conditions of the NRTC Pulse Broadband acquisition have...Learn More

Obama Cool and Connected Program to Use Broadband to Revitalize 10 Appalachian Towns

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Ten communities in six Appalachian states will receive technical assistance from an inter-agency Obama administration program aimed at using broadband to revitalize downtown areas.  The Obama Cool and Connected program taps resources within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and...Learn More

Oregon Vineyard, Local Students Benefit from Agricultural IoT Project

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A project in rural Oregon illustrates the potential of the Internet of Things in agriculture, as well as providing an example of how technology can motivate students and support new ways of learning. The agricultural IoT project is a collaborative effort involving IBM, wireless ISP...Learn More

Three FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Awardees Rejected Over Letters of Credit

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An FCC order released last week denies petitions from three entities that were provisionally awarded funding in the FCC Rural Broadband Experiment program because the awardees were unable to obtain satisfactory letters of credit — a decision that does not bode well for other provisional...Learn More

Fatbeam E-Rate Strategy Fuels Fiber Expansion in Four Mountain West States

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Fatbeam E-Rate plans will help the competitive access provider build out wide-area fiber network infrastructure in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The Coeur d’Alene, Idaho based broadband access provider won 11 FCC E-rate contracts, which will help fund the construction of an additional 200 miles...Learn More