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Proposed FCC Lifeline Reforms Include Cap, No Free Service, No Resellers

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The FCC today adopted several reforms to the Universal Service Lifeline low-income program applicable in large part to tribal areas. In addition, the commission proposed broader Lifeline reforms that would impact all funding recipients – reforms that include imposing a budget cap on the program,...Learn More

FCC Votes to Hasten Copper Retirement and Notification Process, Hopeful for IP/Fiber Upgrades

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The FCC today adopted rules that would make it easier for telecom service providers to replace traditional copper infrastructure with fiber. The copper retirement reforms include eliminating a requirement for certain consumer notices, eliminating discontinuance requirements involving wholesale-only services, enabling service providers to discontinue certain...Learn More

T-Mobile Silver Star Deal Involves Spectrum Assets in Idaho and Wyoming

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A proposed T-Mobile Silver Star Telephone deal would put Silver Star 700 MHz spectrum in parts of Idaho and Wyoming in T-Mobile’s hands, enabling T-Mobile to expand its coverage in eight counties. Silver Star began offering phone service almost 100 years ago but since then...Learn More

USDA Announces $207 Million in Loans and Grants for Rural Broadband Funding

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $207 million is being made available for rural broadband funding yesterday. The funding is a combination of loans and grants and is a part of USDA’s Telecommunications program, which has provided financial assistance to over 500 providers across the...Learn More

FirstNet Rural Build Out Opportunities, State Opt Out Controversy Outlined Before Congress

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A Congressional hearing today brought some clarity to open issues regarding the FirstNet public safety network, including FirstNet rural service provider opportunities, as well as interoperability and opt out issues. Interoperability issues pertain to two different aspects of the network, including the radio access network...Learn More

Research: Rural Consumers Still See Value in Pay TV and Internet, Spending on the Rise

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Recent research with rural consumers highlights interesting video and internet trends for rural America. The study, sponsored by Innovative Systems, reveals that rural consumers served by independent telcos are more technology‐driven than last year and eager to adopt advanced services. The research, obtained through a...Learn More

FCC Proposes USF Lifeline Cap for $2 Billion Annual Program, Resellers Would be Ineligible

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The FCC is proposing major changes to the USF Lifeline program, including imposing a cap on the program, which has disbursed as much as $2.1 billion in a year to cover some or all of the cost of broadband and/or voice service for low-income households....Learn More

Municipal Network Sale: Wholesale Customer to Buy Open Access Network Axcess Ontario

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Upstate New York-based Axcess Ontario has announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its open access fiber optic network ring to Empire Access, a broadband service provider that has purchased connectivity from Axcess Ontario on a wholesale basis. The municipal network sale will...Learn More

Sling TV CCA Partnership Enables Streaming OTT, Wireless Bundles for Up to 100 Wireless Carriers

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A newly announced Sling TV CCA Partnership will give CCA members, primarily rural and regional wireless carriers, the ability to bundle a popular streaming OTT service. Sling says it’s the first of its kind partnership for the streaming provider. The deal gives CCA members the...Learn More

NewCore, RINA Partner with Rural Wireless Carriers on Shared Infrastructure, IMS Core First Up

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A group of more than 40 rural wireless carriers led by NewCore Wireless and RINA Wireless hopes to find strength in numbers in a wireless market that has become increasingly challenging for smaller carriers. Both NewCore and RINA have invested in core wireless network infrastructure...Learn More

FCC Signals Potential Compromise for Contentious CBRS Spectrum Rules

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The FCC today took the first step toward resetting the rules for the CBRS spectrum band between 3550 MHz and 3700 MHz. The rationale for changing CBRS spectrum rules would be to foster an improved investment environment, FCC officials said at today’s monthly commission meeting....Learn More

With Smart Farm Technology, Individual Plants Now Generate Data, Requiring Good Rural Broadband Coverage

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The agricultural industry is expecting big things from smart farm technology aimed at enhancing crop yields while minimizing the use of fertilizers and pesticides and which will rely heavily on broadband connectivity. According to Transparency Market Research, the global  smart agriculture market is expected to...Learn More

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