Rural Broadband Zone

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FCC to Establish $100M Connected Care Pilot Program Targeting Telehealth

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The FCC is seeking to establish a $100 million “Connected Care Pilot Program” to support telehealth for low income Americans. The FCC connected care pilot program will be a focus on rural residents and veterans. The announcement was made in an op-ed with FCC Commissioner...Learn More

Economists Put the Tab at $61 Billion to Bring Fiber Broadband to Rural U.S.

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The cost to deploy fiber to unserved U.S. rural areas is about $61 billion, said Jim Stegeman, president of CostQuest Associates, an economic consultancy that specializes in telecom. Among CostQuest’s credentials: the company created the cost model used to determine broadband deployment costs for the...Learn More

Fatbeam Completes Purchase of IP Connect and Is Poised for Future Expansion

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Coeur d’Alene, ID – July 10, 2018 – Fatbeam, a leading provider of fiber-based wide area networks to rural and mid-sized markets in the western U.S., announces new financing and the purchase of the IP Connect division of Ednetics, a longstanding strategic partner of Fatbeam...Learn More

CBRS Profitability Report: Wireless ISP Could Break Even in Year 3

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A wireless internet service provider (WISP) could break even on an investment in CBRS band technology within three years, according to a CBRS profitability analysis from Senza Fili Consulting. By year 5, the analysis shows the WISP earning a profit margin of 51%. The CBRS...Learn More

Microsoft and Radwin Partner on TV White Space Broadband

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Microsoft and Radwin are teaming together to bolster the TV White Space ecosystem, through Microsoft’s Airband initiative, which focuses on rural broadband. Radwin will develop and introduce a TV White Space solution. Fixed wireless technology using TV White Space spectrum is one of the featured...Learn More

Rural Broadband Associations Come Out Against Proposed FCC Moves Against Huawei

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The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), the Computer & Communications Industry Association,  ITTA – The Voice of America’s Broadband Providers (ITTA), and NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) have filed joint reply comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in opposition of the Commission’s proposed...Learn More

Senate Farm Bill Would Put New Limits on RUS Broadband Loan Program

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The Senate yesterday passed its version of a 2018 Farm Bill that would put new limits on broadband loans made through the USDA Rural Utilities service. The Senate Farm Bill RUS broadband loan limitations pertain to the percentage of a deployment project that can involve...Learn More

CWA Wants to Make T-Mobile, Sprint Job Commitments Binding

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The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union wants T-Mobile and Sprint to make a binding commitment not to eliminate jobs in their proposed merger. According to a CWA analysis, as many as 30,000 U.S. jobs could be lost as a result of the planned Sprint,...Learn More

Qualified $2B CAF II Auction Bidders Range From Tier 1 Verizon, to Rural Telcos, Electrics, WISPs, and Everything In Between

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More than 200 companies (220) have qualified to participate in the Connect America Fund II (CAF II) auction scheduled to begin in late July, including large incumbent carriers such as Verizon, Cox, Windstream, Frontier, Cincinnati Bell and Hawaiian Telcom and dozens of rural telcos. Also...Learn More

Bluebird Network Announces Its First 100G Services

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COLUMBIA, MISSOURI — June 25, 2018 — Bluebird Network, a Midwest telecommunications company, today announces it has built its first customer-facing 100G diverse circuits.  The customer circuits, totaling 200G overall, will be installed along two existing fiber routes from a metropolitan center to a rural area...Learn More

FCC Filing: A Merged T-Mobile Sprint Would Become Major ISP Competitor With Fixed Broadband, Eyes Rural Expansion

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If T-Mobile and Sprint are allowed to merge, rural Americans would see major benefits, the companies argued in a 600-page statement of public interest filed with the FCC yesterday that touts a wide range of merger benefits. Plans would include a T-Mobile Sprint fixed wireless...Learn More

Great Plains Communications Sold to Private Equity Firm

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Regional carrier Great Plains Communications has entered into an agreement to be acquired by private equity firm Grain Management LLC. The transaction highlights ongoing interest in broadband and fiber carrier assets by private equity firms. Terms were not disclosed. Nebraska-based Great Plains Communications has its...Learn More

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