Rural Broadband Zone

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Developer: Big Improvements in TV White Spaces Economics Coming Soon

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Will 2016 be the year we finally begin to see a serious uptake in adoption of TV white spaces broadband wireless technology? The answer is yes, according to Jim Carlson, CEO of Carlson Wireless, who told Telecompetitor this week that he expects to see big...Learn More

Rural Operators Could Find Opportunity in CBRS Auction Plans Adopted by FCC

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Rural operators could find it easier to obtain spectrum licenses in the citizens broadband radio service (CBRS) band as the result of CBRS auction plans adopted by the FCC at today’s monthly commission meeting. Previously the FCC had said it would only issue licenses where...Learn More

Letter of Credit Concerns Delay FCC Rural Broadband Experiments

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Sixteen months after initial funding recipients were announced in the FCC Rural Broadband Experiments program, some awardees have been unable to proceed with their projects because funds have not yet been released to them. At issue is a requirement that awardees obtain a letter of...Learn More

Report: The Cooperative is a Good Model for Publicly Owned Broadband Networks

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The cooperative ownership model could be a good one for publicly owned broadband networks according to a new report published by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Next Century Cities. The 30-page report focuses on the experiences of RS Fiber, a Minnesota network that was...Learn More

Lumos Gigabit FTTH Reach Now Covers Full RLEC Footprint

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A Lumos Gigabit announcement details the expansion of gigabit FTTH services for the Mid-Atlantic based regional carrier to include their entire RLEC footprint. Branded as Gigabit Fast, the service was first launched in limited Lumos Networks markets back in 2015. It now reaches over 20,000...Learn More

Broadband Economic Impact Report: Rural Broadband Supports 70K Jobs, $100B in E-Commerce

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Investment in rural broadband boosts the economy – not just locally, but beyond – according to a new broadband economic impact report from The Hudson Institute sponsored by the Foundation for Rural Service. Rural broadband service providers contributed $24.2 billion to the economies of the...Learn More

Aureon BNS Acquisition Fuels Business Solutions Strategy

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The Aureon BNS Acquisition announced today is the latest move that Aureon has made to position the organization as a business solutions provider. Originally known as Iowa Network Services, Aureon started as a statewide fiber network owned by a group of Iowa-based telecom service providers....Learn More

$11.7 Million Available for RUS Community Connect Broadband Grants

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The USDA’s Rural Utilities Service unit has $11.7 million available for RUS Community Connect broadband grants and is now accepting applications for funding. Interested parties have until June 17 to apply for grants of at least $100,000 but not to exceed $3 million. Applicants also...Learn More

Wisconsin Broadband Legislation Aims to Cut Through Red Tape

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The state of Wisconsin has passed a bill aimed at making it easier for network operators to deploy broadband, which Governor Scott Walker signed late last month. The Wisconsin broadband legislation, which was spearheaded by the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association (WSTA), lays out requirements that...Learn More

Rise Broadband Exec: Broadband Wireless Economics Are Better Than Ever

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Broadband wireless economics are poised for a boost thanks to impending technology advances and the availability of new spectrum, said Rise Broadband Co-founder Jeff Kohler in an interview with Telecompetitor this week. And if you’re seeking an insider view on the broadband wireless market it’s...Learn More

Study: Cord Cutting in Rural Markets Has Less Appeal

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Cord cutting in rural markets is not happening as quickly as in urban and suburban areas, and rural residents aren’t dissatisfied with, or cutting the cord on their pay-TV services for the same reasons, according to a new rural video survey commissioned by Innovative Systems....Learn More

RUS Broadband Loan Program for FY 2016 Now Open, Up to $10 Million Available

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2016 RUS Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee program, the agency announced April 8. FY 2016 Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees of $100,000 to $10 million will be...Learn More