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T-Mobile 600 MHz Spectrum Will Boost Rural Coverage; Buildout Begins

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T-Mobile is lighting up what it says is the world’s first 600 MHz LTE network in Cheyenne, Wyoming. T-Mobile 600 MHz spectrum, initially at least, will target rural areas where the company traditionally has been weak. The networks are based on spectrum T-Mobile won at...Learn More

Will FCC Broadband Progress Report Count Wireless-Only Areas As “Served”?

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The FCC is seeking input on how it should gauge whether broadband is being deployed in a timely manner — a determination the commission makes annually in the FCC Broadband Progress Report. Under consideration is “whether some form of advanced telecommunications capability, be it fixed...Learn More

Spirit Communications Acquired as EQT Fiber Investment Continues

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Just a few months after global investment firm EQT Partners announced plans to purchase fiber network operator Lumos Networks, EQT fiber investment continued today with the announcement of another U.S. fiber network deal. EQT said it would purchase a majority stake in Spirit Communications, a...Learn More

INDATEL™ Services, LLC Launches The Connected World SaaS Platform

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LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo., Aug. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Connected2Fiber, the leading SaaS go-to-market acceleration platform for connectivity companies, announces today that INDATEL™ has signed an agreement to implement The Connected World SaaS platform.  INDATEL has also adopted the Building List Manager, an automated software module for creating and distributing OnNet and NearNet building lists...Learn More

TDS Cable Acquisition Strategy Continues, Scoops Up Crestview Cable

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Crestview Cable of central Oregon is the latest cable company acquisition from TDS Telecom. The Crestview transaction highlights an ongoing TDS cable acquisition strategy, joining neighboring Bend Broadband and Baja Broadband as cable broadband subsidiaries of the telecom carrier. Crestview Cable serves 21K addresses in...Learn More

FCC Mobility Auction Challenge Process Revised, FCC to Collect More Data

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The FCC today took two steps aimed at spurring rural mobile broadband deployment, including revising the rules for the mobility auction challenge process and establishing a procedure to explore the use of additional spectrum for mobile broadband and potentially other uses. Mobility Auction Challenge Process...Learn More

CAF Auction Will Provide $2 Billion for Rural Broadband, FCC Anticipates ‘New’ Service Providers

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The FCC said today that it expects to conduct a reverse auction of up to $1.98 billion in Connect America Fund (CAF) money in 2018, which will go toward the cost of bringing broadband to rural areas lacking broadband service. CAF auction funds are to...Learn More

Echoing Microsoft, House Coalition Asks FCC for Three TV White Space Channels to Target Rural Broadband

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A bi-partisan coalition of 43 Congressional representatives is asking the FCC to reserve at least three TV white space channels in the 600 MHz band to support rural broadband deployments. “We believe that the television white spaces (TVWS) have strong potential to revolutionize broadband internet...Learn More

Hammer Fiber, Go Long Deal to Support National Pre-5G Fixed Wireless Expansion Plan

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Regional carrier Hammer Fiber has big fixed wireless broadband ambitions. Although Hammer until now has focused on the New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York markets, the company plans to launch service in 49 additional markets throughout the U.S., including underserved rural communities. To support those...Learn More

NCTC OTT Deals include Sony PlayStation Vue and fuboTV

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In a sign of the times, two NCTC OTT deals were announced at this week’s Independent Show, taking place in Indianapolis. The two deals will allow NCTC members to resell OTT services from Sony PlayStation Vue and fuboTV, both of which are considered vMVPDs, offering...Learn More

TDS A-CAM Funded Broadband Expansion in Full Swing, Projects Underway in Five States

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TDS has released a series of announcements highlighting rural broadband expansion, funded in part from the FCC’s Connect America Fund. These TDS A-CAM (Alternative Connect America Cost Model) funded broadband projects include markets in five states. The A-CAM program offers $5.283 billion in support for...Learn More

Vyve Rural Cable Strategy: 200 Mbps Everywhere and Engage the Community

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More than 80% of Vyve Broadband markets can now get speeds of 200 Mbps, the rural cable company announced late yesterday. Moving forward, the Vyve rural cable strategy calls for upgrading the company’s entire footprint to support speeds of 200 Mbps, said Diane Quennoz, Vyve senior...Learn More

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