Rural Broadband Zone

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Zayo Sells Minnesota ILEC to New Ulm Telecom

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Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell Scott-Rice Telephone Co., a Minnesota ILEC (incumbent local exchange carrier), for $42 million to New Ulm Telecom, Inc. Zayo acquired Scott-Rice Telephone as part of its March 2017 purchase of...Learn More

Consolidated Broadband Upgrades Target Former FairPoint Markets

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Just after announcing the retirement of the FairPoint brand, Consolidated Communications announced broadband upgrade plans for their northeast markets. These Consolidated broadband upgrades will improve broadband speeds to over 500K locations in former FairPoint markets. The upgrades are courtesy of fiber network expansion in these...Learn More

Trump Proposal Could Provide as Much as $40 Billion for Rural Broadband (At Least in Theory)

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The White House today released some additional details about President Trump’s proposal to make $50 billion available for rural infrastructure investment – and in theory, at least, as much as $40 billion of that money could go to rural broadband. Trump rural broadband plans first...Learn More

NGN Connect Buys Back the Fixed Wireless Business It Sold to an Electric Cooperative

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NGN Connect, a community-owned network operating in north Georgia, said today that it has reacquired the fixed wireless customer base and assets that it sold to Habersham Electric Membership Corporation (HEMC) in 2015. NGN Connect and HEMC are co-owners, along with Blue Ridge Electric Membership...Learn More

FairPoint Brand is Formally Retired, Consolidated Focuses on Upgrading Broadband

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Another telecommunications brand will fade away, starting today, as Consolidated Communications will retire the FairPoint brand and begin operating as Consolidated Communications in former FairPoint territories. Consolidated acquired FairPoint for $1.3 billion (including debt) in July 2017. The combined company now operates in 24 states...Learn More

C Spire 5G Fixed Wireless Test to Feature 3.65 GHz Spectrum

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C Spire plans to test new 5G fixed wireless technology at their Ridgeland, Miss. headquarters tomorrow, with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr in attendance. The C Spire 5G fixed wireless test will feature patented technology from Santa Clara, Calif.-based Cohere Technologies. Cohere’s turboConnect fixed wireless access...Learn More

ACA Survey: Retransmission Fees May Reach $19 Per Subscriber, Per Month by 2020

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Retransmission fees are continuing to escalate and will go much higher in the next few years, according to smaller cable companies that are members of the American Cable Association (ACA). ACA members reported that they will be forced to pay corporate broadcasters an average of...Learn More

Look! Up in the Sky. Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane? It’s a Rural SuperTower

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Startup company Altaeros is taking LTE higher – literally. The company has developed rural SuperTowers aimed at easing LTE deployment challenges in rural communities. SuperTowers are essentially industrial blimps outfitted to take the place of as many as 30 conventional cell towers but providing larger...Learn More

SpaceX Could Be the Next Satellite Broadband Provider

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Rocket and space exploration company SpaceX could be the next satellite broadband provider if the FCC moves ahead with commission chairman Ajit Pai’s recommendation to approve the company to offer those services. SpaceX broadband would be somewhat different from existing satellite broadband offerings, in that...Learn More

Microsoft Project Belgrade Taps Small Cells for TV White Spaces Fixed Wireless Broadband

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TV white spaces fixed wireless broadband technology could benefit from small cell deployments, according to Microsoft. The technology giant has been conducting a trial tapping the two technologies in Cambridge, U.K. in a deployment dubbed Microsoft Project Belgrade and has been encouraged by the results....Learn More

Trump Recommends $50B Funding for Rural Infrastructure, Possibly Including Rural Broadband

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President Trump’s American Infrastructure Initiative, announced today, recommends making $200 billion in federal funding available for infrastructure investment, including $50 billion targeted specifically for a new Rural Infrastructure Program. How much of that money might go toward a Trump rural broadband initiative is unclear. Although...Learn More

Rural Call Completion Legislation Passes Both Houses

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Rural call completion has been passed in both the Senate and Congress and is awaiting President Trump’s signature. The legislation aims to ensure that calls go through to rural areas by establishing a registry of “intermediate providers” that complete calls for other carriers, by requiring...Learn More

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