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Rise Broadband Cites CAF Program for Broadband Expansion, Adds 10 ‘Enhanced’ Broadband Markets

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Broadband wireless provider Rise Broadband issued a press release today noting that it had expanded its network in 10 market areas in conjunction with the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF) program. Rise apparently is referring to new buildouts supported, at least in part, by the...Learn More

Mediacom Gigabit Footprint Now Includes All Iowa Territories

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Nearly one million households in Iowa are now a part of the Mediacom gigabit footprint, the company announced today. Mediacom’s gigabit footprint expansion, code named Gigasphere, also touches portions of western Illinois. “Since 1999, Mediacom has invested $3 billion of private capital in Iowa to...Learn More

$735 Million Cable One NewWave Acquisition Targets Non-Urban Markets

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Continuing the cable consolidation trend, Cable One said today that it plans to acquire NewWave Communications for $735 million. Cable One is one of the nation’s 10 largest cable companies and will gain considerably more scale by acquiring NewWave, which ranks number 19. The combined...Learn More

TDS Goes 50/50 with State to Expand Minnesota Rural Broadband

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TDS Telecom (TDS) announced last week it would receive $3 million in Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) funds and invest another $3 million to expand and improve rural broadband services in parts of Crow Wing and Cass Counties. Elaborating, TDS said it...Learn More

Accenture: 5G Wireless Job Creation Could be 3 Million

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Deployment of next-generation 5G wireless networks could add approximately $500 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) through direct and indirect benefits, according to a new report from Accenture. 5G wireless job creation could be as high as 3 million, Accenture said. 5G Wireless...Learn More

Maine WISP, Redzone Wireless, Brands Their Latest Wireless Broadband as 5G

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A Maine based WISP, Redzone Wireless, is seizing on the marketing hype generated by the move to 5G, launching a fixed broadband wireless service and calling it 5Gx. The service uses a proprietary method for aggregating licensed 4G LTE spectrum and unlicensed 5.8 GHz spectrum...Learn More

Massachusetts Joins Effort Urging the FCC to Release Connect America Funding to States

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The state of Massachusetts has asked the FCC to release federal broadband Connect America funding to states. The funding in question was rejected by the nation’s largest price cap carriers in 2015. Granting the Massachusetts request would mean the FCC would hand over approximately $1...Learn More

BTC Broadband Targets Tulsa with Business Fiber Services

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Regional broadband provider BTC Broadband is expanding their fiber network into metro Tulsa, Oklahoma, targeting business customers. The move into Tulsa for business customers is part of an ongoing expansion of BTC Broadband’s fiber network, which now spans 90 miles throughout northeast Oklahoma. This fiber...Learn More

ILSR Creates Useful Map and List of Municipal Broadband Networks

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The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has issued a useful interactive map and list of municipal broadband networks in the U.S. Interactive icons on the map indicate where municipal broadband networks have been built. Interested parties can click on any icon to get details about each...Learn More

TDS “Very Pleased” with Revised A-CAM Broadband Funding Offer

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At least one rate of return carrier appears satisfied with the revised A-CAM broadband funding it was offered in late December. Addressing investors at a financial conference yesterday, TDS Telecom corporate relations executive Jane McCahon referred to the company’s revised offer as a “positive development.”...Learn More

NTCA Asks Governors to Urge Trump Team for Rural Broadband Funding

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Rural stakeholders are hoping state governors can help in obtaining additional federal rural broadband funding. Just before the winter holiday break, Shirley Bloomfield, chief executive officer of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, sent a letter to the National Governors Association asking them to highlight...Learn More

Canada Broadband Universal Service: 50 Mbps Speed Target, Up to $750 Million New Funding

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Canadian regulators have declared broadband a universal service and have set an ambitious target speed of 50 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps upstream. The Canada broadband universal service plans call for transitioning an existing $100 million annual voice-focused fund to broadband and making additional funding...Learn More