Rural Broadband Zone

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NRTC Pulse Broadband Acquisition Targets Rural Broadband Deployments

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NRTC yesterday announced it signed a definitive agreement to wholly acquire Pulse Broadband LLC, a company that has helped cooperatives, municipalities and others deploy fiber technology and services to rural homes, businesses and communities. Financial terms and conditions of the NRTC Pulse Broadband acquisition have...Learn More

Obama Cool and Connected Program to Use Broadband to Revitalize 10 Appalachian Towns

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Ten communities in six Appalachian states will receive technical assistance from an inter-agency Obama administration program aimed at using broadband to revitalize downtown areas.  The Obama Cool and Connected program taps resources within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and...Learn More

Oregon Vineyard, Local Students Benefit from Agricultural IoT Project

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A project in rural Oregon illustrates the potential of the Internet of Things in agriculture, as well as providing an example of how technology can motivate students and support new ways of learning. The agricultural IoT project is a collaborative effort involving IBM, wireless ISP...Learn More

Three FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Awardees Rejected Over Letters of Credit

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An FCC order released last week denies petitions from three entities that were provisionally awarded funding in the FCC Rural Broadband Experiment program because the awardees were unable to obtain satisfactory letters of credit — a decision that does not bode well for other provisional...Learn More

Fatbeam E-Rate Strategy Fuels Fiber Expansion in Four Mountain West States

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Fatbeam E-Rate plans will help the competitive access provider build out wide-area fiber network infrastructure in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The Coeur d’Alene, Idaho based broadband access provider won 11 FCC E-rate contracts, which will help fund the construction of an additional 200 miles...Learn More

FCC Releases Preliminary List of Census Blocks for Connect America Fund Auction

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The FCC yesterday released a preliminary list of census blocks eligible for the Connect America Fund auction. That auction will award funding to help cover the cost of bringing service to areas that cannot get broadband today or can only get low-speed broadband. The list...Learn More

Exec: AT&T Fixed Wireless Planned for CAF-Funded Rural Areas

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AT&T plans to deploy fixed wireless technology to meet Connect America Fund broadband deployment requirements, said AT&T President of Technology Operations Bill Smith at a financial conference yesterday. The company will use the technology in areas where it is “uneconomical to build wireline” said Smith...Learn More

Oak Hill Sovernet Acquisition to Fuel FirstLight Fiber Expansion

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Private equity firm Oak Hill Partners’ plan to acquire Sovernet Communications, announced yesterday, is the latest example of fiber network consolidation. The Oak Hill Sovernet deal calls for Sovernet to be rolled into FirstLight Fiber, another fiber network operator that Oak Hill announced plans to...Learn More

Final FCC A-CAM Model Outlines $1 Billion in Annual Rural Broadband Support

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Final FCC A-CAM model details were released today, outlining the level of Connect America Fund (CAF) support the FCC is offering small rural rate-of-return (ROR) service providers to help cover the costs of bringing broadband to rural areas where service is not available today. The...Learn More

Rural Senators Want FCC Business Data Service Rules Based on Cableco Information

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Data filed recently by the major U.S. cable companies should be taken into account when FCC business data service rules are revised, argue nine U.S. senators from rural states in a letter sent yesterday to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “Rural communities depend on robust investments...Learn More

WOW NuLink Acquisition is Latest Example of Cable Consolidation

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The WOW NuLink acquisition announced today is the latest example of consolidation in the Tier 2 and 3 cable market. WOW will obtain Georgia-based cable operator NuLink from Halyard Capital, a New York-based private equity firm. The price was not disclosed. NuLink offers broadband, digital...Learn More

NTCA Report Highlights 15 Year Rural Broadband Progress

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Rural broadband has come a long way in the last 15 years, according to new research from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. One hundred percent of NTCA’s small rural telco members who responded to a 2015 survey offer broadband to some part of their...Learn More