Rural Broadband Zone

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FCC Won’t Regulate Most Business Data Services Pricing, Aims to Speed Copper Retirement

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The FCC today opted not to regulate pricing for most business data services and began a process aimed at making it easier for service providers to retire copper networks. The moves on business data services pricing and copper retirement came during the commission’s monthly meeting....Learn More

SRT Market Exit Illustrates Rural Wireless Challenges

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North Dakota-based SRT Communications said today that it will exit the rural wireless business and is encouraging customers to transition to the Verizon network. An SRT spokesperson told Telecompetitor that Verizon is buying SRT’s spectrum and has agreed to improve its coverage in the area...Learn More

About Half of Fifty 600 MHz Auction Winners Are Rural Companies

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AT&T, Comcast, Dish Network and T-Mobile were the big winners in the voluntary auction of TV broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band completed several weeks ago, the FCC announced this afternoon. Fifty 600 MHz auction winners, about half of which were rural carriers, collectively...Learn More

Latest Municipal Broadband Acquisition Comes from PEAK Internet

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The latest municipal broadband acquisition involves Oregon-based PEAK Internet, who has acquired EPUD Internet Services and Eugene Free Net from Emerald People’s Utility District (EPUD), a publicly owned power company serving Lane County, Oregon. While the PEAK EPUD deal is less common than many of...Learn More

Accipter is Pinpoint Holdings’ Latest Distressed Telecom Assets Purchase

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The news that Nebraska-based Pinpoint Holdings had purchased Arizona-based Accipter Communications, which operates as Zona Communications, is the latest example of telecom provider consolidation, but with a twist. Pinpoint bought Zona out of bankruptcy – a strategy Pinpoint has been using successfully. You could think...Learn More

ITIF Report Recommends Broadband Infrastructure Legislation

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Support for broadband infrastructure legislation seems to be growing, as evidenced by a new report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF). The report, titled “A Policymaker’s Guide to Rural Broadband Infrastructure,” aims to educate legislators about the state of broadband deployment and policy...Learn More

FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Members Announced

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Elizabeth Pierce, chief executive of Alaskan undersea cable company Quintillion Networks, will chair the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee announced by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in January. The vice chair will be Kelleigh Cole, director of the Utah Broadband Outreach Center in the Utah economic development...Learn More

Liberty Interactive Buys GCI of Alaska

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Liberty Interactive will buy GCI of Alaska in a somewhat complex reorganization plan. GCI provides wireless and triple play services throughout the state of Alaska, with reach into the continental U.S. as well. Liberty Interactive is part of cable pioneer John Malone’s empire, which includes...Learn More

FCC Forms Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force

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WASHINGTON, April 3, 2017—Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the formation of the Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force to implement the upcoming Universal Service Fund-related auctions. The Task Force will oversee both the Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF-II) and Mobility Fund II (MF-II) auctions....Learn More

Frontier Leverages CAF Program to Expand Texas Broadband Footprint

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Frontier Communications is enhancing broadband service to 25,000 locations in Texas – 5,500 courtesy of funding provided by the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF) and another 20,000 as part of the carrier’s Texas broadband network upgrade and expansion plan. Frontier began receiving around $16 million...Learn More

Report Quantifies Rural Telehealth Benefits

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Rural telehealth initiatives have the potential to generate substantial quantifiable and nonquantifiable benefits and could help bridge an existing gap between the quality of healthcare in rural and metro areas, according to a new report from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. Quantifiable rural telehealth...Learn More

FCC Chairman Pai: FCC Shouldn’t Handle Lifeline Broadband Provider Approval Process

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The FCC should not approve any additional providers to offer service through the Universal Service low-income Lifeline broadband program, said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today. According to Pai, the previous FCC administration unlawfully assumed responsibility for Lifeline broadband provider approval when that responsibility actually belongs...Learn More

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