Rural Broadband Zone

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FCC Filing: A Merged T-Mobile Sprint Would Become Major ISP Competitor With Fixed Broadband, Eyes Rural Expansion

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If T-Mobile and Sprint are allowed to merge, rural Americans would see major benefits, the companies argued in a 600-page statement of public interest filed with the FCC yesterday that touts a wide range of merger benefits. Plans would include a T-Mobile Sprint fixed wireless...Learn More

Great Plains Communications Sold to Private Equity Firm

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Regional carrier Great Plains Communications has entered into an agreement to be acquired by private equity firm Grain Management LLC. The transaction highlights ongoing interest in broadband and fiber carrier assets by private equity firms. Terms were not disclosed. Nebraska-based Great Plains Communications has its...Learn More

FCC Rural Healthcare Fund Poised for $171 Million Annual Budget Increase

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The USF rural healthcare fund appears set to get an increase in its budget cap of $171 million annually, which would bring its annual budget to $571 million from its current $400 million. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a press release today stating that a...Learn More

FCC: Rural Carrier USF Contribution Base Won’t Include Internet Revenues

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Rural rate of return (ROR) carriers that have had to pay into the Universal Service Fund (USF) based on internet as well as voice revenues will now have to pay only based on voice revenues. Other carriers pay into the fund only as a percentage...Learn More

Vision Net Expands Fiber Network

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Regional fiber network operator Vision Net is adding 70 miles of new fiber broadband to Billings and Helena, MT, to answer customer demand. Vision Net has a long history of providing communications services throughout Montana, and was formed and currently owned by several independent telcos...Learn More

DFT Communications Expands Fiber Network with Calix

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PETALUMA, CA – June 5, 2018 – Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) today announced DFT Communications, a leading local exchange carrier (LEC), is upgrading and expanding its broadband service area with the Calix AXOS E3-2 Intelligent PON Node. With funding from the New York Broadband Grant Program Phase II, DFT Communications is...Learn More

Pai Wants to Extend Mobility Fund Challenge Process

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to extend the Connect America mobility fund challenge process by 90 days. At issue is a map issued by the FCC that shows certain areas having LTE coverage where some say that coverage does not exist. Pai’s action came in...Learn More

NCTA Touts Rural Cable Gigabit Successes

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Rural cable gigabit success stories are highlighted in a range of new blog posts from NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. The success stories come from tier 2 and 3 cable companies such as Mediacom and Alaska’s GCI. The initiative suggests that the cable...Learn More

Broadband Service Provider Associations Seek Changes to RUS Broadband Loan Rules

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Several groups representing broadband providers co-signed a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee asking them to change RUS broadband loan rules to focus funding on areas where either all, or at least 90%, of the population cannot get broadband...Learn More

NineStar Connect Water Company Acquisition Would Provide More Fiber Broadband Expansion Opportunities

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NineStar Connect, the Indiana company formed in 2011 when a telecom cooperative and an electric cooperative merged, has since expanded into the water and sewer business and is pursuing an additional water company acquisition. In an interview, NineStar Connect Director of Marketing David Spencer said...Learn More

FCC to Tackle Rural Telecom Issues: USF Contributions, Access Charges, TDM-to-IP Transition

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The FCC has a lot on its agenda for its next monthly meeting – including three items involving rural telecom issues. The FCC rural telecom issues pertain to rural carrier contributions to the Universal Service Fund (USF), potential access charge rule changes and a possible...Learn More

Windstream CEO: Broadband and DIRECTV NOW Bundle Should be Effective Competitive Weapon Against Cable

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Windstream’s strategy for competing against cable companies will be based on a combination of Windstream broadband and other companies’ over-the-top (OTT) video offerings, said Windstream CEO Tony Thomas at an investor conference today. Asked about Windstream’s value proposition in the 50% of its local service...Learn More

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