Rural Broadband Zone

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FCC Considers Relaxing Telecom Accounting Rules

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

North State Gigabit Service Launches

North State Communications, one of the nation’s larger independent telcos, said yesterday that it has begun to offer gigabit service to some customers in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina and that it will expand that offering before year’s end to a total of...Learn More

GVTC to Build 10-Gigabit Boerne School District Fiber Network

Texas-based regional carrier GVTC said today it will build and maintain a 10-gigabit capacity fiber network for the Boerne Independent School District in Boerne, Texas near San Antonio. The news came just a couple of months after the carrier announced plans for a gigabit network...Learn More

WOW! Business Services Growth Illustrates Growing Competitive Dynamic

Like other cable MSOs, WOW! sees the business sector as a huge opportunity for growth. The Denver based service provider with operations in the Midwest and Southeast (through their Knology acquisition) has doubled their Huntsville, Alabama based business services customer service team to 60 employees....Learn More

Microsoft: Africa TV White Spaces Broadband Network is World’s Largest

Microsoft and Adaptrum have partnered with MyDigitalBridge Foundation to conduct a trial of a TV white spaces broadband network in Namibia which according to an announcement released today is the world’s largest TVWS deployment measured by geography. The network is intended as a blueprint for...Learn More

FCC: Bids for Rural Broadband Experiments Can’t Exceed Model-Based Support Level

Interested parties have until October 14 to file applications to participate in the FCC’s rural broadband experiments. Last week the commission released a 24-page notice detailing the application process for the experiments, which among other things, reveals that applicants will not be allowed to ask...Learn More

Rural Gigabit Boom Expected Thanks to GPON Upgrades

Gigabit network announcements involving Tier 2 and Tier 3 carriers have been coming out more and more frequently – and we may be seeing just the tip of the iceberg. Adtran, a company that makes a variety of equipment underlying fiber-to-the-home networks, expects to see...Learn More

ViaSat “Virtually” Eliminates Satellite Broadband Caps

Update August 20- ViaSat later yesterday said the virtually unlimited offer will also be available in Hawaii and parts of Alaska ViaSat made a big move today that could help the company overcome one of the biggest limitations of its satellite broadband offering. The company...Learn More

Canby Telcom Gigabit Plans Include Change of FTTH Vendors

Canby Telcom is one of the latest examples of a small rural network operator that has made the decision to offer service at speeds up to a gigabit per second. The network will serve the operator’s home market of Canby, Oregon. Rural network operators tend...Learn More

RUS Broadband Loan Awards Made to Three Rural Telcos

The Rural Utilities Service has awarded nearly $40 million in broadband loans to support new or improved broadband service. The program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture,  provides low-interest loans to bring broadband to rural areas where deployment costs are higher than in urban...Learn More

FCC Pursues More Unlicensed Wi-Fi Spectrum But Open Issues Remain

With unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum becoming increasingly crowded, equipment manufacturers and service providers are pushing to make more spectrum available on an unlicensed basis  – and while substantial progress has been made on that front, more work remains, as a couple of investor conference calls recently...Learn More

VP Details Pioneer LTE Overlay Network

Alcatel-Lucent said yesterday that it will build an overlay 4G LTE network for rural wireless carrier Pioneer Cellular that will support what the manufacturer calls “ultra-broadband” mobile access. In an interview, Pioneer Vice President of Network Operations Jerry Kadavy said the new network will support...Learn More