Rural Broadband Zone

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Telecom Network Analytics Key to Successful West Carolina Tel Marketing Campaign

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

Smaller Wireless Carriers and Net Neutrality: No Title II, Please

Several smaller wireless network operators sent a letter to the FCC asking the commission not to classify broadband — at least not mobile broadband — as a telecommunications, or Title II, service and asking the commission not to apply the same Net Neutrality guidelines to...Learn More

Wheeler Proposes E-Rate Funding Increase

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to increase the funding cap for the e-rate schools and libraries program with the goal of bringing broadband to every student desktop in the country. In a briefing with reporters yesterday, Wheeler said the proposed increase, which would raise a...Learn More

Silver Star Gigabiz Aims to be Wyoming’s First Gigabit Community

Northwestern Wyoming based Silver Star Communications has another first in their long history. Launching “Wyoming’s first gigabit community,” dubbed Gigabiz, Silver Star’s gigabit-fiber network will deliver broadband speeds of up to 1-Gbps to both businesses and residents in Jackson, according to a Calix press release....Learn More

Ambitious Midcontinent Communications Gigabit Plan for the Northern Plains Region Revealed

Regional cable MSO Midcontinent Communications (Midco) plans to bring gigabit service to the Northern Plains region, eventually covering approximately 600K homes and 55K businesses with ultra-broadband services. Midco’s Gigabit Frontier Initiative outlines plans to upgrade their network in hundreds of communities across South Dakota, North...Learn More

Census Finds 75% of Metro, 63% of Non-Metro Households With Fast Internet

A bit slow in coming they may be, but the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey series of reports provide perhaps the most comprehensive and granular view of Internet connectivity and usage across the country. Released November 13, Census’s latest ACS reveals that 78.1 percent...Learn More

FCC Modifies Plans for Rural Call Completion Reporting

The FCC’s plan to collect data about rural call completion, adopted a year ago, is now one step closer to implementation. The commission on November 4 adopted an order on reconsideration that makes one key change to its data collection plan.  Long-distance carriers will not...Learn More

FCC: Rural Broadband Experiment Funding to Be Awarded in “Coming Weeks”

The FCC said today that it will make decisions about which network operators will participate in rural broadband experiments in “the coming weeks.” The commission said it received proposals for almost 600 projects from 181 applicants. The program, which will award a total of $100...Learn More

CoBank Joins Frontier and Dish on Rural Revitalization Contest

November 10, 2014 –STAMFORD, CT AND ENGLEWOOD, CO AND DENVER, CO, Nov 10, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Frontier Communications and DISH Network today welcomed CoBank as a new sponsor of their America’s Best Communities contest, an innovative $10 million prize competition to stimulate growth...Learn More

USF’s Rural Healthcare Connect Offers Network Operator Opportunities

The rural healthcare portion of the Universal Service Fund offers some significant opportunities for rural network operators and their communities. The USF Rural Healthcare Connect program pays up to 65% of network costs for rural healthcare providers seeking to gain high-speed connectivity to support applications...Learn More

Report: Reasons for Keeping Landline Phone Include Reliability, Connection Quality

Telephone cord cutting has been an important trend in recent years, but most Americans still have a landline phone at home – and those with landline phones keep them because of their reliability, their connection quality or other reasons, according to a study released today...Learn More

CAF Target Speed: CWA Union Wants 10 Mbps

Perhaps unsurprisingly the Communications Workers of America union would like to see the FCC raise the target speed for the Connect America Fund to 10 Mbps from its current 4 Mbps – a move the commission has been considering for several months. That program aims...Learn More