Rural Broadband Zone

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CAF Broadband Support for Rural Carriers Could Vary Based on Density

Small rate-of-return communications service providers with less than 10 locations per square mile would have more time to build out high-speed broadband in comparison with service providers serving denser areas, according to USF reform recommendations made by telecom association ITTA, which represents mid-size service providers. ITTA...Learn More

Allo Acquisition Leads to Nebraska Gigabit Plans

Allo Communications, a Nebraska based competitive triple play provider will launch gigabit services in Lincoln, Nebraska, due in part to its sale to Lincoln based Nelnet. Formed in 2003, Allo currently provides fiber based triple and double play services to a variety of Nebraska communities....Learn More

RUS Reports Broadband Stimulus Program Results, Claims Six Million Benefited

It’s hard to believe the Broadband Stimulus Program was first announced over six years ago. The $7.2 billion program was part of the broader American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which aimed to stimulate the economy after the Great Recession of 2008. The Rural Utilities Service...Learn More

ViaSat Doubles Satellite Broadband Speed to 25 Mbps, Integrates Wi-Fi

Satellite broadband services provider ViaSat on November 18 introduced a new, faster wireless modem and service plan for the home. Able to provide satellite broadband speed of  up to 25Mbps, ViaSat’s Exede WiFi Modem doubles their current fastest offer of 12 Mbps. A satellite broadband...Learn More

Maine Fiber Promises 60% Rate Reduction for Rural Broadband, Targets Municipals

Hoping to “change the math” for rural broadband in Maine, a middle mile provider is introducing some interesting incentives for last mile broadband access. Maine Fiber Company (MFC) on November 13 announced two ¨open access¨ broadband initiatives that present funding and savings opportunities for projects...Learn More

FCC Releases $16 Million for Rural Broadband Experiments Funding

In its latest release of funding for rural broadband experiments, the FCC awarded $16 million to four carriers for rural broadband deployments in territories previously served by price cap carriers. The $16 million will bring broadband service to 2,451 census blocks across five states, reports...Learn More

Frontier Community Development Competition Yields Creative Ideas

Fifty of an initial set of some 350 communities have completed plans for the “America’s Best Communities¨ prize competition. Sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH and other partners, participants are vying for final cash and prizes worth as much as $3 million per community to help...Learn More

Video Programming Costs: “Pass Them On,” Says Cable ONE CEO

The idea that broadband providers have to offer video is a myth, said Tom Might, chairman and CEO of Cable ONE, at the Wells Fargo Securities Technology, Media & Telecom conference today, which was also webcast. “Our experience [is that ] there is very little...Learn More

Broadband Provider Consolidation: Hargray Buys Plantation Cablevision

Tier 2 and 3 broadband provider consolidation is happening on multiple fronts – from telcos buying telcos and cable companies buying cable companies to telcos buying cable companies. An example of the latter came this week from South Carolina-based telco Hargray Communications, which said it...Learn More

Windstream 100 Mbps Broadband Expands to 1 Million Locations, Hopes to Beat Back Cable

Windstream announced a plan to bring 100 Mbps broadband to 600 markets across 12 states under their Project Excel plan. Combined with previous Windstream 100 Mbps broadband expansion plans, Windstream says, when complete, the program will reach approximately 1 million residential and small business locations....Learn More

EATEL Gigabit Moves Prep for Eventual 10 Gbps Broadband

After announcing its initial gigabit deployments earlier this year, Louisiana-based telco EATEL already is preparing itself for the day it may need to deliver even higher broadband speeds. The company today said it will be deploying equipment that currently supports gigabit service and also will...Learn More

Rise Broadband Aims for 50 Mbps Broadband with LTE Fixed Wireless

Rise Broadband, the company formerly known as JAB Broadband that is playing the role of broadband wireless consolidator, said yesterday that it plans to deploy fixed broadband wireless equipment based on LTE, beginning initially in the Joplin, Missouri area. “What we get is a much...Learn More