Rural Broadband Zone

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NCTC, MobiTV Deal to Test Consumer Appetite for App Based Pay-TV

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A new NCTC, MobiTV deal, announced today, will help shape an ongoing debate about the future of pay-TV. Is that future based on a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) app model, or will customers continue to opt for the status-quo operator provided set-top-box (STB) scenario? The National Cable...Learn More

Rivada Conditionally Wins Colorado Public Safety Network Contract

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November 28, 2017 — COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rivada Networks and Macquarie Capital announced today they will jointly pursue opt-out state contracts under the FirstNet legislation. The first initiative of this alliance is a conditional award from the State of Colorado to build out its public-safety broadband...Learn More

Cooperatives Embrace Fiber Broadband: ILSR Finds 87 Cooperative Gigabit Deployments Nationwide

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Telecom and electric cooperatives are playing an important role in bringing high-speed broadband to rural America, according to a new report from the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). Using FCC data, researchers identified 87 cooperative gigabit deployments as of...Learn More

AT&T Fixed Wireless Now in 18 States, 400K Locations Goal by Year End

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AT&T fixed wireless service is now available in 44 counties across rural parts of Georgia, the company announced today. The wireless broadband service, a primary AT&T technology to reach underserved and unserved communities, is now available in 18 states nationwide. Georgia was actually identified as...Learn More

RiverStreet Networks Adds Consolidated’s Virginia Network Assets, Pursues Regional Broadband Cooperative

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RiverStreet Networks, based in North Carolina, is growing again, thanks to Consolidated Communications, who is selling their Virginia network assets to the company. RiverStreet, a business unit of Wilkes Communications, has agreed to buy Peoples Mutual Telephone Company in an all cash transaction. Peoples is...Learn More

TDS Acquisitions Continue with Agreement to Purchase Merrimac Communications

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TDS announced its latest acquisition target. Merrimac Communications of Merrimac, Wisc. fits the pattern of recent TDS acquisitions – a small triple play provider that complements existing TDS markets, adding additional subscribers and network capacity. Merrimac Communications passes about 6,000 homes in Sauk, Columbia, and...Learn More

Microsoft TV White Spaces Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Deployments Provide Emergency Communications

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TV white spaces (TVWS) technology provided by Microsoft is helping people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands reconnect with people outside their immediate communities. More than two months have passed since Puerto Rico and the Caribbean were ravaged by hurricanes, knocking out internet...Learn More

Proposed FCC Lifeline Reforms Include Cap, No Free Service, No Resellers

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The FCC today adopted several reforms to the Universal Service Lifeline low-income program applicable in large part to tribal areas. In addition, the commission proposed broader Lifeline reforms that would impact all funding recipients – reforms that include imposing a budget cap on the program,...Learn More

FCC Votes to Hasten Copper Retirement and Notification Process, Hopeful for IP/Fiber Upgrades

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The FCC today adopted rules that would make it easier for telecom service providers to replace traditional copper infrastructure with fiber. The copper retirement reforms include eliminating a requirement for certain consumer notices, eliminating discontinuance requirements involving wholesale-only services, enabling service providers to discontinue certain...Learn More

T-Mobile Silver Star Deal Involves Spectrum Assets in Idaho and Wyoming

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A proposed T-Mobile Silver Star Telephone deal would put Silver Star 700 MHz spectrum in parts of Idaho and Wyoming in T-Mobile’s hands, enabling T-Mobile to expand its coverage in eight counties. Silver Star began offering phone service almost 100 years ago but since then...Learn More

USDA Announces $207 Million in Loans and Grants for Rural Broadband Funding

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $207 million is being made available for rural broadband funding yesterday. The funding is a combination of loans and grants and is a part of USDA’s Telecommunications program, which has provided financial assistance to over 500 providers across the...Learn More

FirstNet Rural Build Out Opportunities, State Opt Out Controversy Outlined Before Congress

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A Congressional hearing today brought some clarity to open issues regarding the FirstNet public safety network, including FirstNet rural service provider opportunities, as well as interoperability and opt out issues. Interoperability issues pertain to two different aspects of the network, including the radio access network...Learn More

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