Rural Broadband Zone

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Coalition Proposes Alternate CBRS Auction Plan, Licenses by County and Census Tract

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A coalition of 11 carriers and corporations, eight industry associations and the nation’s largest port authority have sent the FCC an auction proposal for the CBRS spectrum band that represents a middle ground between rules currently in place and a proposal submitted recently by organizations...Learn More

FCC Poised to Free Up 2.5 GHz EBS Spectrum for Broadband, Primarily in Rural Areas

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The FCC is getting set to free up as much as 194 MHz of unused spectrum in the educational broadband service (EBS) band, primarily in rural areas. The EBS spectrum is in the 2.5 GHz band and potentially could support fixed wireless broadband service, although...Learn More

Fidelity Expands Missouri Gigabit, Offers $80 Gigabit Tier

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Fidelity Communications is offering 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) service in Sullivan, MO — the latest of several Missouri gigabit offerings the company has launched. During the past several months, the company upgraded its network, acquired 1 Gbps-capable modems and set aside bandwidth for the...Learn More

Arvig Now Provides Backhaul to More than 500 Cell Towers

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Minnesota-based regional carrier Arvig is bringing service to more than 500 cellular towers across 13 states, the company announced. The carrier has contracts with customers that are five-, seven- and ten-years long, said Dave Schornack, Arvig’s Director of Business Development and Sales,  in a  press...Learn More

Can New CBRS Alliance OnGo Brand & Certification Do for CBRS What Wi-Fi Did for Wireless LAN?

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The CBRS Alliance today launched brand and certification programs under the “OnGo” brand that are aimed at enhancing the interoperability of wireless equipment operating in the CBRS spectrum band with the goal of achieving broader adoption. A press release emphasizes CBRS applications involving private LTE...Learn More

Report: U.S. Agricultural IoT Market Could Be $4 Billion, 250K Farmers Using IoT Today

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Control of livestock and cereal crops are the main drivers behind the increasing use of the Internet of Things  (IoT) by farmers in the United States, according to an agricultural IoT market study from market research firm Alpha Brown. Researchers estimate the number of U.S.farmers...Learn More

Freedom Fiber Looks to Human Side of Broadband, USDA Helps Fund Electric Co-op Broadband Project

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was on hand for the announcement yesterday that Tombigbee Communications was awarded a $2.98 million grant for a rural utility broadband deployment in Alabama. In an interview with Telecompetitor, Steve Foshee — president and CEO of Tombigbee Communications...Learn More

Foundation Explores Telecom Utility Broadband Partnership Economics

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Post Road Foundation, an organization funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, will fund studies in five rural communities to explore the economics of the telecom utility partnership. Post Road Foundation was established last year with the goal of spurring broadband deployment and ultimately economic development in...Learn More

Pai Gets Political on USF Funding Cuts

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When the Universal Service Administration Company issued budget figures for the Universal Service Fund high-cost program yesterday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai took the opportunity to blame USF funding cuts on the previous administration and attempted to drum up support for alternative budget control mechanisms proposed...Learn More

Blue Valley Telecommunications Becomes 150th Gig-Capable Provider Certified by NTCA

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Nashville, Tenn., (April 30, 2018)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today celebrated a major milestone in its members’ efforts to bring innovations to rural communities by announcing that 150 companies have received its Gig-Capable Provider certification for providing access to the Internet’s fastest speeds. The announcement was...Learn More

High-Stakes Broadband Drama at FCC as CTIA, CCA Float Compromise CBRS Proposal, But WISPA Begs to Differ

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Two organizations representing mobile wireless service providers have sent a letter to the FCC with what they called a “compromise proposal” for the planned auction of citizens band radio service (CBRS) licenses in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band. The compromise CBRS proposal comes from CTIA...Learn More

Microsoft Airband Project Gains Another Partner, Targets Rural Virginia Fixed Wireless Project

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Microsoft and Declaration Networks Group are partnering on a project to bring fixed wireless broadband to 65,000 people on Virginia’s eastern shore over the next three years. The Microsoft Declaration Networks deal is part of Microsoft’s Rural Airband initiative, which aims to bring broadband to...Learn More

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