Rural Broadband Zone

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Rural Call Completion Legislation Passes Both Houses

Rural call completion has been passed in both the Senate and Congress and is awaiting President Trump’s signature. The legislation aims to ensure that calls go through to rural areas by establishing a registry of “intermediate providers” that complete calls for other carriers, by requiring...Learn More

O’Rielly Argues Against Expanding Universal Service Fund Contribution Base or Increasing USF Budget

The FCC should not expand the Universal Service Fund contribution base or increase the overall USF budget, said FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly in an address at the Hudson Institute this week. “Instead of broadening the base, I want to get overall spending under control,” said...Learn More

Comporium Whole Home Wi-Fi Launched, Targeting Full Home Coverage with Mesh Wi-Fi

South Carolina-based regional broadband provider Comporium is launching Comporium Whole Home Wi-Fi – a mesh Wi-Fi offering aimed at enabling customers to connect wirelessly to their broadband connection from anywhere in the home. Comporium will use equipment from AirTies to support the offering. Comporium Whole...Learn More

Exec Details C Spire Electric Utility Partnership to Build Fiber Network

A C Spire electric utility company partnership announced today aims to bring more than 300 miles of fiber to remote areas of Mississippi. The partnership with Entergy Mississippi calls for C Spire to build and own the network, with Entergy contributing construction costs, explained C...Learn More

AT&T Fixed Wireless and Fiber Expanded in Four States, Fiber Now Available to 7M Locations

AT&T has expanded its fixed wireless Internet infrastructure in four states. AT&T fixed wireless is now available in 33 counties serving more than 37,000 locations in Alabama, 40 counties serving more than 26,000 locations in Arkansas, 46 counties serving more than 27,000 locations in Georgia...Learn More

Co-Mo Electric Cooperative CEO Named RUS Administrator

U.S. Department of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said today that President Trump plans to appoint Kenneth Johnson, CEO of rural Missouri-based Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, to be the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service Administrator. Co-Mo has offered broadband to its members over fiber-to-the-home infrastructure since 2012 and that...Learn More

New NY Broadband Funding Winners Include Frontier, Windstream, TDS, Hughes, Others

While Verizon’s $82 million funding was the big news from the recent New NY broadband funding announcement, other carriers also received funding for rural New York – including Frontier, Hughes Network Systems, TDS Telecom, Windstream and numerous smaller carriers. Funding also went to Fairpoint Communications,...Learn More

Verizon Awarded $82 Million in Broadband Funding; Is This a Change of Heart on CAF?

Verizon will receive $82.7 million in state and federal funds to bring broadband to unserved parts of rural New York. Most of the funding — $70.7 million – will come from the New NY Broadband Program, with an additional $12 million coming from the federal...Learn More

BTC Broadband Seizes on Net Neutrality Debate, Removes Bandwidth Caps

Regional broadband operator BTC Broadband, serving northwestern Oklahoma, is eliminating monthly broadband usage caps and offering symmetrical bandwidth. Citing the net neutrality debate, BTC says these changes are evidence of their support of open and equal access to the Internet. BTC previously had bandwidth caps...Learn More

CBRS Rules and Wireless ISPs: What Impact Would Contemplated Changes Have?

I checked in recently with some stakeholders to get their take on potential changes to CBRS rules and wireless ISPs (WISPs), with the goal of better gauging the potential impact of the proposed rule changes on the WISPs. In recent years, wireless ISPs have had...Learn More

If You Really Want to Solve the Digital Divide, Show Me the Money

Rural broadband was front and center today on Capitol Hill, with the House Energy and Commerce committee’s Communications and Technology subcommittee holding hearings on rural broadband and closing the digital divide. A whopping 25 legislative resolutions that address rural broadband expansion to the nation’s unserved...Learn More

$2 Billion CAF II Auction Plans Set, Pai Pleads for Participation from Providers of All Types

The Connect America Fund auction to award funding to bring broadband to unserved areas of 20 states is officially scheduled for July 24. The FCC at today’s monthly commission meeting voted to approve plans for the competitive bidding process, known as the CAF II Auction...Learn More

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