Rural Broadband Zone

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Paul Bunyan Gigabit Service to Launch in Early 2015

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Minnesota’s Paul Bunyan Communications is the latest rural telco to announce gigabit network plans. The company already has begun the deployment and expects to begin offering service in some of its service territory in early 2015, said Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor Brian Bissonette in...Learn More

Rural Health Telecom Sees Rural IT Shortage

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (Sept. 16, 2014) – Critical shortages of health care IT skillsets are creating health and economic disparities especially in rural America where residents are poorer, sicker and more likely to be uninsured and threaten sustainable health care across the country, Rural Health...Learn More

FCC: E-Rate Reforms Could Bring Wi-Fi to Every Student in Five Years

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The FCC estimates that 10.5 million students per year could gain Internet connectivity inside their schools if the commission moves ahead with E-Rate reforms outlined in July. Within five years, all U.S. schools would have internal Internet connectivity, the FCC says. The E-Rate program is...Learn More

Windstream CFO Offers Rural Telecom Providers “Elegant Exit” Option

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Small telecom service providers and cable companies could have an “elegant exit strategy” by selling their network assets to the real estate investment trust that Windstream plans to spin off, said Windstream Chief Financial Officer Tony Thomas today. Thomas, who will be the CEO of...Learn More

Buggs Island LTE Network to Use NetAmerica Bonfire Brand

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Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative said late yesterday that it has turned up 4G LTE broadband service under NetAmerica’s Bonfire brand in parts of its rural Virginia service territory. A NetAmerica spokesperson confirmed that BIT, like all other NetAmerica participants that have operational LTE networks, is...Learn More

Frontier/Dish to Award $10 Million to “America’s Best Communities”

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A $10 million prize competition from Frontier Communications and Dish Network, announced today, aims to “stimulate growth and revitalization” in towns in Frontier’s serving area. “This contest is designed to challenge a community’s brightest and most innovative thinkers to develop meaningful strategies and plans that...Learn More

AT&T RFD-TV Deal Aims to Appease Regulators

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AT&T today said it has reached an agreement to add rural cable channel RFD-TV to its U-verse Video lineup. The move is not a surprise, considering that as of August, about half of the letters the FCC had received about AT&T’s planned purchase of DirecTV...Learn More

Sprint Adds Rural LTE Roaming and SMART Partners

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Sprint rural LTE initiatives are making significant progress. The company said last Friday that it has added 15 rural and regional LTE roaming partners, bringing its total to 27. In the same announcement, NetAmerica CEO Roger Hutton revealed that his company has signed preliminary agreements...Learn More

Sprint Rural Plans Gain Momentum with nTelos LTE Expansion

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Sprint’s rural LTE plans are gaining momentum, as an announcement today from Alcatel-Lucent illustrates. Earlier this year, nTelos said it would expand its LTE network in West Virginia and western Virginia to specifications aligned with Sprint’s own network modernization program. And those plans seem to...Learn More

Stay Focused During Wireless Price Wars

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It’s official. We’re in the middle of a fierce wireless price war by national wireless carriers. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have all introduced new plans, undercutting each other in the past few weeks, with more to come. This war impacts wireless and wireline carriers...Learn More

Taqua on Kineto Purchase: Carrier VoWiFi is Set to Take Off

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One telecom vendor is so convinced network operators are about to embrace voice over Wi-Fi that it has acquired another vendor to better position itself to capitalize on that opportunity. Taqua, provider of software underlying cellular networks, said this evening that it has purchased Kineto...Learn More

FCC Considers Relaxing Telecom Accounting Rules

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Telephone companies could spend a lot less time on bookkeeping as the result of a notice of proposed rulemaking released by the Federal Communications Commission in mid-August. The commission is considering relaxing rules detailed in the Uniform System of Accounts that incumbent local carriers have...Learn More