Rural Broadband Zone

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FCC: Carriers Accept $4.5 Billion in Revised A-CAM Broadband Support for Rural Broadband Expansion

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The majority of rural rate of return carriers that initially opted to receive broadband support based on the FCC alternative Connect America model (A-CAM) have reconfirmed those plans based on revised A-CAM broadband support offers. Those offers were reduced when demand for the A-CAM program...Learn More

ITIF: Broadband Populists Threaten Commercial Network Operators

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Broadband populists threaten commercial network operators and ultimately broadband deployment, argues the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation in a report released yesterday. These broadband populists include the likes of law professor Susan Crawford, the New America Foundation and The Free Press, according to the report....Learn More

Get Ready for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

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Updated January 24 President Trump has chosen FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai to be the new FCC chairman, replacing Tom Wheeler, according to news reports. Pai has served on the commission since 2012. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is likely to reverse some actions taken by his...Learn More

Rise Broadband Cites CAF Program for Broadband Expansion, Adds 10 ‘Enhanced’ Broadband Markets

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Broadband wireless provider Rise Broadband issued a press release today noting that it had expanded its network in 10 market areas in conjunction with the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF) program. Rise apparently is referring to new buildouts supported, at least in part, by the...Learn More

Mediacom Gigabit Footprint Now Includes All Iowa Territories

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Nearly one million households in Iowa are now a part of the Mediacom gigabit footprint, the company announced today. Mediacom’s gigabit footprint expansion, code named Gigasphere, also touches portions of western Illinois. “Since 1999, Mediacom has invested $3 billion of private capital in Iowa to...Learn More

$735 Million Cable One NewWave Acquisition Targets Non-Urban Markets

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Continuing the cable consolidation trend, Cable One said today that it plans to acquire NewWave Communications for $735 million. Cable One is one of the nation’s 10 largest cable companies and will gain considerably more scale by acquiring NewWave, which ranks number 19. The combined...Learn More

TDS Goes 50/50 with State to Expand Minnesota Rural Broadband

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TDS Telecom (TDS) announced last week it would receive $3 million in Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) funds and invest another $3 million to expand and improve rural broadband services in parts of Crow Wing and Cass Counties. Elaborating, TDS said it...Learn More

Accenture: 5G Wireless Job Creation Could be 3 Million

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Deployment of next-generation 5G wireless networks could add approximately $500 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) through direct and indirect benefits, according to a new report from Accenture. 5G wireless job creation could be as high as 3 million, Accenture said. 5G Wireless...Learn More

Maine WISP, Redzone Wireless, Brands Their Latest Wireless Broadband as 5G

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A Maine based WISP, Redzone Wireless, is seizing on the marketing hype generated by the move to 5G, launching a fixed broadband wireless service and calling it 5Gx. The service uses a proprietary method for aggregating licensed 4G LTE spectrum and unlicensed 5.8 GHz spectrum...Learn More

Massachusetts Joins Effort Urging the FCC to Release Connect America Funding to States

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The state of Massachusetts has asked the FCC to release federal broadband Connect America funding to states. The funding in question was rejected by the nation’s largest price cap carriers in 2015. Granting the Massachusetts request would mean the FCC would hand over approximately $1...Learn More

BTC Broadband Targets Tulsa with Business Fiber Services

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Regional broadband provider BTC Broadband is expanding their fiber network into metro Tulsa, Oklahoma, targeting business customers. The move into Tulsa for business customers is part of an ongoing expansion of BTC Broadband’s fiber network, which now spans 90 miles throughout northeast Oklahoma. This fiber...Learn More

ILSR Creates Useful Map and List of Municipal Broadband Networks

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The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has issued a useful interactive map and list of municipal broadband networks in the U.S. Interactive icons on the map indicate where municipal broadband networks have been built. Interested parties can click on any icon to get details about each...Learn More