Rural Broadband Zone

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EXCLUSIVE: AT&T, Verizon Outline FirstNet Interoperability Details; Rural Specifics Remain Light

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AT&T and Verizon have been conducting a sort of press release duel in recent months with regard to public safety communications. Verizon traditionally has had the largest share of that market, but AT&T gained a tremendous edge when it won contracts and spectrum to build...Learn More

FCC Takes First Steps Toward C-Band Shared Spectrum with Possible Implications for CBRS

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As stakeholders continue to debate the fate of CBRS band spectrum, the FCC yesterday took the first steps toward opening spectrum in the neighboring C-band for use on a shared basis with existing license holders that use the spectrum for fixed satellite service (FSS). Wireless...Learn More

Arvig Moves Illustrate Rural Carrier E-rate Opportunities, Includes Expansion into Twin Cities

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Minnesota-based regional carrier Arvig said today that during the first quarter of 2018, more than 30 schools or school districts chose the company to provide high-speed internet, transport and voice services funded, in part, through the Universal Service Fund (USF) E-rate program, also known as...Learn More

FCC Tackles Rural Carrier Issues Including Business Data Services, Call Completion

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The FCC took action today on three issues impacting rural carriers. At today’s monthly FCC meeting, the commission adopted new call completion rules and proposed others. In addition, the commission proposed to deregulate business data services provided by certain rate-of-return (ROR) carriers and proposed to...Learn More

Behind the T-Mobile $40 Million Rural Call Completion Settlement

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T-Mobile has agreed to pay $40 million into the U.S. Treasury and has admitted to violating FCC call completion rules in rural areas. The T-Mobile rural call completion settlement also will require the company to establish a compliance plan. T-Mobile Rural Call Completion Settlement For...Learn More

O’Rielly: RUS Should Consult with the FCC on $600 Million Rural Broadband Pilot

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When it comes to federal rural broadband funding, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly wants to make sure the left hand knows what the right hand is doing. Now that Congress has allocated $600 million in new funding to the Rural Utilities Service for a RUS rural...Learn More

Ohio Broadband Grants Would Total $50M Annually, Joins Growing State Level Focus on Broadband

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Ohio could be the next state to implement a broadband grant program if a bill that passed the state House of Representatives this week becomes law. The proposed Ohio broadband grants would total up to $50 million annually to cover some of the costs of...Learn More

Blackfoot Launches C2M beta Innovation Lab Targeting Business Startups

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Montana-based regional carrier Blackfoot has launched a new innovation lab, C2M beta, to provide startup companies with access to Blackfoot’s technology infrastructure, expertise and its nearly 20,000 customers across 16 states. C2M beta is already in full recruitment mode for its 2018 cohort of startups,...Learn More

Indatel Digital Realty Deal Connects Rural America with the Cloud

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A new Indatel Digital Realty deal aims to connect rural America with major cloud providers. The deal should benefit Indatel’s small telco members and their customers by substantially reducing the cost to connect to major cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services,...Learn More

RWA: FCC Proposal to Ban Certain Equipment Manufacturers Would “Irreparably Damage” Broadband Networks

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Just two weeks after the FCC released a proposal aimed at preventing small rural carriers from using equipment from certain manufacturers due to security concerns, one rural service provider association is pushing back. The FCC rural equipment ban would “irreparably damage” rural broadband networks, said...Learn More

Open Access Operator A2D Wins Georgia Smart Gigabit City Deal

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Open access operator A2D has begun work on a broadband middle-mile and fiber-to-the-premises network in Warner Robins, Georgia through a public/ private partnership with the city. A2D will design the network, oversee construction and manage and maintain it but will not offer service directly to...Learn More

Revamped NTIA BroadbandUSA Website Taps Other Agencies for Broadband Resources

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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has launched its revamped the NTIA BroadbandUSA website. NTIA said the revamped website is designed to inform the public about NTIA’s work to expand broadband connectivity through educating, convening and assisting stakeholders.  The new website is to serve as...Learn More

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