Rural Broadband Zone

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NISC: Time Has Never Been Better for Telecom and Power Utility Industries to Partner

Broadband and IP networks have transformed the telecom industry and that same impact is now being felt with the electric power industry as well. Power utility companies are embracing the trend thanks to new technologies like the smart grid and “virtualizing power.” Many electric utilities...Learn More

USDA Broadband Loan and Grant Recipients Announced

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said today that it has awarded $190.5 million in broadband grants and loans to 19 communications service providers for projects in 25 states. The USDA makes low-interest loans to rural telephone companies through the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan program, which was initially...Learn More

Small Telco Gigabit Launch from Pinnacle Communications

The latest gigabit network launch comes from Pinnacle Communications, a small telco serving Lavaca, Arkansas. The company several years ago deployed fiber-to-the-home throughout its serving area, which simplified the process of upgrading the network to support gigabit service, explained Pinnacle Communications General Manager John Zeller...Learn More

Homeland Security Telecom Needs Met by Texas Telco

The opening last year of the Boquillas Crossing between the U.S. and Mexico after a decade-long closure was made possible by fiber optic communications provided by Big Bend Telephone, the rural telco serving the Texas side of the border. The U.S. side of the crossing is...Learn More

New Mexico Wireless Carrier Chooses ClearSky for Traffic and Policy Management

ORLANDO, FL — October 21, 2014 — Leaco Rural Telephone Cooperative chooses ClearSky Technologies for real-time traffic and policy management ClearSky Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of hosted mobile data infrastructure and managed services to wireless operators, today announced the signing of a multi-year agreement...Learn More

Frontier West Virginia Lawsuit Attacks Company’s Broadband Service

Frontier has some big headaches in West Virginia, where it faces a class action lawsuit about its broadband service. A report from local media outlet Charleston Gazette quotes from the lawsuit, which states that Frontier “has a monopoly on Internet services in most of West...Learn More

Solarus Gigabit Network Helped Company Become a ‘Smart Rural Community’

Wisconsin-based rural telco Solarus has the distinction of being both an NTCA Smart Rural Community and a provider of gigabit broadband service. Solarus is a customer-owned company that has provided telephone service for over 100 years but in recent years has transformed itself into a...Learn More

C Spire Shares Important Initial Gigabit Lessons Learned

One of the more interesting examples of a Gigabit service launch is C Spire. Historically a regional wireless company in the Southeast U.S., C Spire recently began an ambitious ‘Silicon South’ Gigabit services launch in the state of Mississippi. Jared Baumann, manager of consumer fiber...Learn More

Non-Profit RFP Seeks Construction of Rural Healthcare Fiber Networks

A non-profit organization representing healthcare and educational institutions is seeking contractors that can build wide area fiber networks for these institutions in rural areas lacking broadband connectivity. The organization, known as MiCTA, was founded in 1982 to negotiate group purchasing agreements with the local incumbent...Learn More

CEO: Windstream Likely to Accept CAF II Broadband Funding

Windstream expects to accept Connect America funding in Phase II of the program to cover some of the costs of bringing broadband to customers who can’t get broadband service today, said Windstream CEO Jeff Gardner in an interview with Telecompetitor last week. “We’re very optimistic...Learn More

ITS Telecom Launches Symmetrical Gigabit Service

Florida-based ITS Telecom joins the ranks of rural telcos offering gigabit service – with a couple of twists to its implementation. Unlike some other companies that offer gigabit speeds only on the downstream path, ITS’s service will be symmetrical, supporting gigabit speeds in both directions....Learn More

Global Capacity/ Indatel Deal Targets Out-of-Region Ethernet

Rural network operators should find it easier to meet business customers’ carrier Ethernet needs as the result of a new deal announced today between Global Capacity and Indatel. Global Capacity is a wholesale connectivity provider that operates One Marketplace, a sophisticated on-line quotation and purchasing...Learn More