Rural Broadband Zone

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NTCA Report Quantifies Broadband Benefits, Adoption Challenges

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Three in 10 U.S. adults do not use the Internet at home – and getting them online will be considerably more challenging than connecting the first seven, notes a paper released this week from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. But the effort would be...Learn More

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Completes Multi-Terabit Capacity Trial

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South Boston, VA., – April 9, 2014 – Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC), a successful wholesale fiber-optic open-access network transport provider, completed a trial last week delivering multi-terabit capacity on its existing network across southern Virginia. The trial demonstrated MBC’s ability to deliver multi-terabit capacity...Learn More

NISC Wins Customer Service Recognition

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Lake Saint Louis, Mo., April 7, 2014 National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of information technology products and services, has been recognized by Help Desk International (HDI) as one of the CSAT Elite Top 50, recognizing technical service and support centers worldwide based...Learn More

ANPI, Indatel Partner on Unified Communications for Rural Operators

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An agreement announced today between ANPI and Indatel aims to “coordinate each organization’s infrastructure” with the goal of benefiting rural areas, the companies said in a press release. Indatel is an alliance of regional and statewide fiber network operators that have interconnected their networks, reaching...Learn More

NCTC in Talks for WebTuner IP Platform for OTT and Cable Content

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The National Cable Television Cooperative said yesterday that it is in discussions with a new player in the market about a video delivery platform designed to handle Internet video content as well as live and on-demand TV. The platform comes from WebTuner and includes a...Learn More

ACA: Small Cable Companies Offer Communications Service to 14% of U.S. Homes

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Although most are not known outside their local — primarily rural — communities, small cable companies offer advanced communications services to 14% of U.S. homes, according to a report issued today from the American Cable Association. The ACA advocates for more than 800 small cableco...Learn More

Telcos Outsource Rural Call Completion Reporting

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Long-distance service providers that have been complaining about rural call completion reporting requirements may find that task simplified now that vendors have stepped in to address that need. At least one major network operator has invested in a third-party product that automates rural call completion...Learn More

Viacom NCTC Deal Reached, Avoiding Rural Cable Blackout

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Rural cable operators have succeeded in avoiding a Viacom blackout. Viacom and the National Cable Television Cooperative announced late today that they have reached agreement on the terms of a new contract. The NCTC handles negotiations with Viacom and other content providers on behalf of...Learn More

Rural Broadband Investments Acquires Poplar Bluff Cable

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April 01, 2014 — OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rural Broadband Investments (“RBI”) today announced it has closed the acquisition of City Cable from The City of Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The acquisition comes shortly after RBI’s initial platform investment in NewWave Communications (“NewWave”) and the follow-on acquisitions...Learn More

NCTC Letter Strives to Forestall Viacom Blackout for Rural Cablecos

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See updates to these developments at the end of this post. The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) yesterday sent a letter to Viacom CEO Phillippe Dauman asking him not to black out small cable companies while negotiations continue between the content provider and the NCTC....Learn More

FCC Report: Small Telco Broadband Subscribers Doubled in Two Years

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The number of residential customers taking broadband service from the nation’s smaller rate of return carriers more than doubled between December 2010 and December 2012 – increasing 114%, according to a report released from the FCC this week. In comparison, the number of residential customers...Learn More

Kansas Telco Chooses NISC for B/OSS

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Mandan, N.D., March 27, 2014 — South Central Telephone Association (SCTelcom), headquartered in Medicine Lodge, Kan., has selected National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) as its primary software solutions provider. SCTelcom, a telephone cooperative serving almost 2,600 subscribers, has selected NISC’s fully-integrated iVUE® Enterprise System to...Learn More