Rural Broadband Zone

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Qualified 600 MHz Auction Bidders Include 28 Companies with Rural Wireless Bidding Credits

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Twenty-eight companies with rural wireless bidding credits are on the FCC’s list of approved bidders for the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band. As expected, three of the four major national wireless carriers – AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon but not...Learn More

USDA Funds 81 Rural Distance Learning and Telemedicine Projects

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  announced it is funding 81 Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) projects in 32 states in order to improve healthcare services and extend distance learning programs in rural areas. A total $23.4 million of funding will come in the form...Learn More

Senate Broadband Caucus Aims to Improve Rural Broadband

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Senators from rural states are taking a lot of interest in broadband these days. Just one day after a group of 26 senators  sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler asking him to take action on a Universal Service broadband mobility fund some of...Learn More

Senators Want USF Mobility Fund to Target Croplands

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A bi-partisan group of 26 senators is asking the FCC to establish new parameters for a USF mobility fund that would target broadband availability in croplands “or some other geographic measurement.” The goal would be to better support precision agriculture technology aimed at enhancing productivity...Learn More

New England Carriers Pursue Rural Wireless Wholesale Model

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New England-based sister companies Great Northwest Woods Wireless (GNW) and Wireless Partners have an uncommon business model, focused on a rural wireless wholesale model. The approach is highlighted by a recent deal between these two partners and ExteNet. “We can focus all our capital on...Learn More

Windstream Broadband: “Almost Half” of Customers Now Can Get 25 Mbps or Faster

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Windstream clearly is serious about upgrading its broadband network infrastructure. A Windstream broadband progress report issued yesterday reveals that the company made substantial progress in boosting network speeds since it last provided an update just one month ago. According to yesterday’s release, Windstream broadband is...Learn More

Massachusetts Dispute Illustrates Challenges of Reaching Underserved Broadband Areas

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A dispute in Massachusetts illustrates the challenges that decision makers face in determining the best option for bringing service to underserved broadband areas. In this case decision makers must weigh a range of factors in determining whether Comcast or competitive network operator Matrix Design Group...Learn More

FCC Changes Direction on 5G License Areas

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The FCC on Friday released additional details on proposed plans to open up an unprecedented amount of spectrum for 5G wireless networks.  The commission expects to vote next month on the plans, which are quite similar to what was proposed late last year, except with...Learn More

CAF II Winners Eyeing DSL Rings to Boost Copper Bandwidth

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Seven winners of Connect America Funding, including some of the largest U.S. carriers, are exploring DSL Rings technology developed by Genesis Technical Systems as a means of boosting the bandwidth of installed copper telephone wiring. Genesis has spearheaded the creation of an industry group, to...Learn More

Rye Telephone Certified Gig-Capable Provider by NTCA

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Colorado City, CO (June 15, 2016) –Rye Telephone Company (RTC), a USConnect company, was today recognized by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America, as a Certified Gig-Capable Provider...Learn More

NRTC Begins New Era, Continues Ongoing Commitment to Members

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Jun 17, 2016  — NRTC has a new look. Go to www.nrtc.coop and you will see a new logo and a totally redesigned website with a modern look, vibrant colors and reflecting a rededication to advancing new technologies in rural America. At the same time,...Learn More

Telecom, Utility Partnership Pursues Arkansas Gigabit

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A rural telecom service provider and a neighboring rural electric power cooperative are coming together to bring gigabit broadband to parts of rural Arkansas. The rural telco is South Arkansas Telephone (SATCO) and the power company is Ouachita Electric Cooperative (OECC). The telecom, utility partnership...Learn More