Cooperatives Embrace Fiber Broadband: ILSR Finds 87 Cooperative Gigabit Deployments Nationwide

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Telecom and electric cooperatives are playing an important role in bringing high-speed broadband to rural America, according to a new report from the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). Using FCC data, researchers identified 87 cooperative gigabit deployments as of...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

B-CROP Act Aims to Add $50M to RUS Rural Broadband Funding

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Two senators have announced the Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program (B-CROP) Act, which would increase Rural Utilities Service funding for rural broadband by up to $50 million annually. Traditionally, RUS rural broadband funding has consisted only of low-interest loans, but the B-CROP Act calls...Learn More

Lake Connections Sale Highlights Municipal Decision to Get Out of the Broadband Business

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The Lake County board of supervisors recently unanimously voted for a Lake Connections sale, offering the municipal broadband network up to what they hope is the highest bidder. Lake Connections was formed seven years ago and obtained $66 million in funding to build the municipally...Learn More

$43.6 Million in New USDA Broadband Loans Targets Rural Fiber Broadband Projects

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The Department of Agriculture announced four new broadband loans totaling $43.6 million yesterday. USDA broadband loans awarded will provide funding at low interest rates to network operators to build or improve network infrastructure in rural areas. USDA Broadband Loans Awarded The four loans included: $24.8...Learn More

ECI’s Products Selected to Upgrade Rainier Connect’s Optical Transport Network to 100G

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Petach Tikvah, Israel – June 7, 2017 – ECI®, a global provider of ELASTIC network solutions for service providers, critical infrastructures, and data center operators, in cooperation with Rainier Connect, a family-owned, telecommunications service provider offering high-speed internet, cable television and telephone services to more...Learn More

Latest USDA Rural Broadband Loans Announced, Nearly $20 Million Will Fund Fiber Upgrades

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Acting U.S. Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning today announced the awarding of $19.3 million in USDA rural broadband loans to roll out service in rural parts of Illinois and Oklahoma. Among the loan award winners, Southern Plains Cable, LLC will receive a...Learn More

New USDA Funding for Telemedicine and Distance Learning Announced

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Nearly $5 million in USDA funding for telemedicine and distance learning was announced this week. The agency said it would invest $4.7  in 18 distance learning and telemedicine projects that will provide health care, substance misuse treatment and advanced educational opportunities in 16 states. “These...Learn More

USDA Funds 81 Rural Distance Learning and Telemedicine Projects

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  announced it is funding 81 Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) projects in 32 states in order to improve healthcare services and extend distance learning programs in rural areas. A total $23.4 million of funding will come in the form...Learn More

VTEL Broadband Dispute: Is Vermont Funding an Overbuilder?

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Could ongoing controversy in Vermont involving network operator VTEL be a precursor of controversies to come involving broadband funding for unserved areas? Local media outlet VTDigger reports that the state of Vermont will allow network operators to collect public funding to deploy broadband to areas...Learn More

Senators Want USDA’s Community Connect Broadband Speed Definition Raised

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Four U.S. senators have written a letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, asking him to raise the Community Connect broadband speed definition. The Community Connect grant program pays the majority of the costs of bringing broadband to extremely rural lower-income...Learn More

Broadband Economic Impact Report: Rural Broadband Supports 70K Jobs, $100B in E-Commerce

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Investment in rural broadband boosts the economy – not just locally, but beyond – according to a new broadband economic impact report from The Hudson Institute sponsored by the Foundation for Rural Service. Rural broadband service providers contributed $24.2 billion to the economies of the...Learn More

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