Rural Broadband Zone

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CEO: Charlottesville is Just the Beginning of Ting Gigabit Plans

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Add Ting Fiber to the list of companies planning gigabit networks. And add Charlottesville, Virginia to the list of cities slated to receive gigabit service – a market Ting Fiber plans to enter by purchasing 70% of fiber-to-the-home network operator Blue Ridge InternetWorks. Ting Fiber’s...Learn More

Gigabit or GigaWhat? There is Work to Do Regarding Ultra-Broadband Services

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Many prevailing questions regarding the Gigabit services trend revolve around consumer perception and acceptance. Do prospective customers want Gigabit services? Do they really understand what Gigabit can do for them? What are they willing to pay for it? In partnership with Pivot Group, we recently...Learn More

Moss Adams’ CHR Acquisition Consolidates Tier 3 Telecom Suppliers

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Moss Adams LLP’s plan to acquire the regulatory compliance and financial consulting portion of CHR Solutions, announced yesterday, will bring together two key suppliers with a strong focus on the Tier 3 telecom market. Moss Adams is one of the largest accounting and business consulting...Learn More

Comptel Rural Call Completion Reporting Protest Could Delay Implementation

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The FCC has underestimated what it will cost communications service providers to comply with rural call completion reporting requirements, says Comptel. “The FCC has failed to provide any, much less specific and objective, support for its estimate of the burden of complying with the new...Learn More

FCC: Connect America Fund Broadband Speed Target Raised to 10 Mbps

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Price cap carriers receiving money in Phase 2 of the Connect America Fund will have to deploy broadband at speeds of at least 10 Mbps downstream  and 1 Mbps upstream to areas of their local service territories where broadband is not available today. The new...Learn More

NTCA Survey Finds Strong Rural Wireless Investment Plans

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Wireless is an important service for rural telecom service providers, as new research from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association indicates. Two thirds of NTCA’s small telco members currently offer some form of wireless service – and 35% of companies that don’t offer wireless are...Learn More

FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Winners Include ILECs, WISPs, Others

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The Federal Communications Commission has provisionally chosen nearly 40 entities to receive funding in the commission’s rural broadband experiment initiative. Among those chosen are 14 wireless ISPs, seven local telephone companies, four power companies and two cable companies. Other winners include competitive carriers that use...Learn More

GCI/ Alaska Communications Deal Will End Unique Wireless Joint Venture

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A pioneering joint venture that enabled two competitive service providers to share wireless infrastructure is expected to come to an end by early next year, when Alaska Communications System Group expects to sell its share of the joint venture and its wireless customer base to...Learn More

Small Telco Gigabit Gains Momentum with BTC Broadband Launch

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Updated later on December 4 BTC Broadband yesterday joined the ranks of communications service providers offering gigabit service. The small Northeast Oklahoma-based company said the service will be available in areas that already are served by fiber-to-the-home infrastructure, including more than 4,500 homes in 45...Learn More

Consolidated Enlists Equinox for Rural Call Completion

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Nashville, TN December 3, 2014 — Nashville-based Equinox Information Systems announces that Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ:CNSL) (CCI), a premier communications services provider, has expanded their license for the TeleLink usage analytics solution to include the Rural Call Completion Reporting module to comply with the FCC Rural...Learn More

Rural Small Cells Begin to See Deployment

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While most of the activity and discussion around small cells has focused on high-traffic urban areas, the concept also holds promise for rural areas as an announcement yesterday from Parallel Wireless illustrates. The company has developed cellular network equipment using small cell concepts but optimized...Learn More

Telecom Network Analytics Key to Successful West Carolina Tel Marketing Campaign

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It may not exactly have been “big data.” But a recent targeted marketing campaign conducted by West Carolina Tel illustrates how a relatively small company was able to use big data concepts to increase customer satisfaction and achieve substantial revenue gains. The company has been...Learn More