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FCC Chairman Wheeler to Step Down January 20

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said today that he will step down January 20, 2017. With Wheeler to step down, that will leave the commission with just three commissioners in the short term. Legislators have declined to re-confirm Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and with Wheeler (also...Learn More

$3.5 Million in Rural Broadband Experiment Support Authorized for Minnesota Project

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The FCC has authorized Rural Broadband Experiment support totaling nearly $3.5 million for Lake Connections, a community-owned network in rural Lake County, Minnesota.  The support will go toward bringing broadband service to 845 census blocks comprising 8,497 locations that do not have broadband available to...Learn More

Legislators Pursue Broadband for Veterans and Children

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The House of Representatives has adopted legislation and a resolution targeting broadband for veterans and school-age children. Broadband for Veterans The bill is H.R. 6394, known as the Improving Broadband Access for Veterans Act of 2016. Introduced by Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-California), the bill would...Learn More

Consolidated: FairPoint Legacy Services Revenue Creates Growth Opportunity

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Consolidated Communications’ plan to purchase FairPoint communications, announced this week, would make Consolidated more dependent on legacy services – at least initially. Currently Consolidated gets 82% to 83% of its revenues from broadband and business services, but a combined Consolidated FairPoint would get only 72%...Learn More

Mediacom Eyes 100% DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Network Coverage By Year-end

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Mediacom will be the first major U.S. cable company with a 100% DOCSIS 3.1 gigabit network footprint, management announced in a press release. The cable MSO plans to complete its wholesale migration to the cable industry standard DOCSIS 3.1 Gigasphere platform by year-end. The Mediacom...Learn More

FCC Seeks More Than $76 Million from Two Carriers for Alleged USF Violations

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The FCC plans to fine Hawaii-based Sandwich Isles Communications more than $49 million for allegedly violating rules of the high-cost Universal Service Fund (USF) and to require the company to repay over $27 million in improper USF payments.  In an unrelated development, the commission also...Learn More

Report: U.S. High-Tech Jobs Average 30K per Congressional District

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The high-tech economy plays an important role in every U.S. Congressional district, including providing an average of nearly 30,000 jobs per congressional district, according to new research about U.S. high-tech jobs from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. “The U.S. economy is extremely diverse, and...Learn More

USTelecom, NTCA Ask FCC for More A-CAM Universal Service Funding

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Two key telecom associations – USTelecom and NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association – have asked the FCC for additional Universal Service funding. The requests come in the wake of the revelation that more rate-of-return carriers than anticipated had opted for A-CAM Universal Service funding based on...Learn More

Does Deletion of Agenda Items Signal Republican-Triggered FCC Freeze?

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Don’t expect the FCC to make any major decisions for the remainder of President Obama’s term in office. As the nation gets set for a Republican administration, including anticipated Republican control of the FCC, commission chairman Tom Wheeler apparently has heeded calls from Republican lawmakers...Learn More

Facebook Millimeter Wave Broadband Wireless: 20 Gbps Over 8 Miles

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Facebook has achieved broadband transmission of 20 Gbps over an eight-mile distance using millimeter wave technology, according to a Facebook blog post. The Facebook millimeter wave broadband wireless technology could be used for several different applications, eventually including connecting the company’s Aquila communications drones with...Learn More

FairPoint Broadband Coverage Extended to 18,300 Locations Across 50 Markets

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A recently completed project extends FairPoint broadband coverage to 50 communities in their New England footprint. Extending the company’s fiber network some 17,000 miles, the FairPoint broadband service expansion brings high-speed Internet connectivity to some areas that have never had it before and/or raises network...Learn More

Consolidated Communications CEO: Our 100 Mbps Service Beats a Cable Competitor’s 300 Mbps Service

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Although some tier two local exchange carriers have been seeing broadband declines, Consolidated Communications is seeing broadband growth. Bob Udell, president and CEO of the company, attributes Consolidated Communications broadband growth, in part, to the offering’s quality of service (QoS) capability. “Five to six years...Learn More