Rural Broadband Zone

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Small Business Customers Targeted with Vyve Free Wi-Fi Hotspots Promotion

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Vyve Broadband, a cable broadband consolidator focuses on rural communities, is offering free Wi-Fi hotspots for business customers who sign up for its 105 Mbps service. The Vyve free Wi-Fi hotspots provide customers with a secure connection that is supported by a Vyve-branded portal through...Learn More

Agricultural Drones Could be Bright Spot, Driving Connectivity, Cloud Opportunities

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Agricultural drones could conserve up to 90% of water usage for irrigation and reduce chemicals required for crop spraying between 30% and 50%, according to Ipsos Business Consulting. Potential benefits such as these drove investment in agricultural drone technology to increase 344% between 2013 and...Learn More

Rural Youth Technology Survey: Technology Alone Will Not Prevent Rural Flight

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The vast majority (96%) of rural young people age 14 to 22 years old have cellphones, including 17% who get mobile service from a local provider and 75% who get service from a national carrier, according to a rural youth technology survey conducted by the...Learn More

Electric Co-op Broadband Provider OzarksGo Plans to Build on Gigabit Success with NG-PON2

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An electric co-op broadband provider operating in parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma has joined the ranks of network operators who have trialed or are trialing next generation FTTP technology NG-PON2, capable of supporting 10Gbps broadband. For now, OzarksGo — the fiber network subsidiary of Ozark...Learn More

Report Finds Fastest, Slowest U.S. Broadband States and Cities

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A new report from Cable.co.uk shows a wide diversity between the fastest and slowest U.S. broadband states and cities. The fastest municipal speed in the country is in Washington, VA, with a download speed of 210.19Mbps, while the slowest is in North Slope Bo, AK,...Learn More

Indatel Network Now Has 275K Lit Buildings Across 30 States, With One Million in Reach

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National fiber network provider Indatel announced their collective network now reaches 275K buildings for Ethernet and other connectivity. That number will grow to 500K by the end of the year on the Indatel network, and is expected to reach 1 million+ by early 2018. Indatel’s...Learn More

CBRS LTE Fixed Wireless Broadband Set to Deploy, Despite Uncertain Future

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Fixed wireless broadband continues to gain traction with the news today that Georgia-based wireless internet service provider (WISP) Paladin Wireless will deploy fixed service using LTE technology in the CBRS band. Paladin is targeting a December turn-up for the network using an experimental license, said...Learn More

Microsoft TechSpark Puts a Full Court Press on Rural Broadband

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The Microsoft TechSpark initiative, which kicked off in Fargo, North Dakota late yesterday, aims to use technology to boost local economies outside the country’s major metropolitan areas. The five-faceted program will include deployment of the Airband fixed wireless technology that Microsoft has been promoting, as...Learn More

ACA’s TV Ransom Campaign Highlights Rising Retransmission Consent Fees

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Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Cable Act, which launched the retransmission consent process for local broadcast channels, the American Cable Association (ACA) has put an interesting spin on the very painful process – ransom. Their TV Ransom campaign aims to highlight the...Learn More

David-vs-Goliath Battle Ahead for CBRS Spectrum, Better Fixed Wireless Broadband in Play

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The FCC will vote later this month to explore rule changes for the 3550-3700 MHz spectrum band, known as the CBRS band, including the possibility of larger license areas for longer time periods. According to supporters, CBRS spectrum rule changes would facilitate the deployment of...Learn More

RWA Joins Broadband Access Coalition

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October 3, 2017 — Washington, D.C., – The Rural Wireless Association has joined the Broadband Access Coalition, a group of 30+ broadband providers, technology companies, trade associations, and non-profit public advocacy groups working to close the digital divide by seeking access to 3.7 – 4.2 GHz...Learn More

AT&T Rural Broadband Expansion Continues Through CAF Funded Fixed Wireless Service

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AT&T rural broadband expansion via CAF funded fixed wireless service now reaches 160K locations across 18 states. Nine states were recently added, AT&T announced today. The expansion nearly doubles the reach since AT&T’s last update on the service in June of this year. AT&T’s fixed...Learn More

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