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NRTC offers Rural Connect as a place for its members and others interested to follow all topics related to communications technology and how it affects rural electric cooperatives and telecommunications providers. NRTC uses this blog to announce and discuss its products and services. NRTC posts all Rural Connect content on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, where you can use the blog to discuss technology, regulatory, legislative and business issues.

Feb 15, 2019
by Randy Sukow
Earlier this week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross published a Milestone Report to the White House, summarizing federal interagency efforts to address the gaps in rural broadband service. The 62-page “American Broadband Initiative” report includes se...
Feb 14, 2019
by Randy Sukow
When the FCC completed its Phase II Connect America Fund (CAF) auction last year, it did not settle all rural broadband coverage issues. The auction will result in $1.5 billion in funding over 10 years to broadband providers in 45 states who will establish service to 713,000 unserved rural locations...
Feb 12, 2019
by Randy Sukow
NRECA and other associations in the electric utility world, are seeking to establish a level of information sharing with communications providers during hurricanes and other emergencies. The aim is to cut down on outages of not only electricity, but also wireless and fiber optic communications, by m...
Feb 7, 2019
by Randy Sukow
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced yesterday that it is extending the deadlines to apply for assistance through the Rural eConnectivity (ReConnect) Pilot Program. Preparations for the $600 million grant and loan program were affected by the recent month-long partial government shut down. T...
Feb 5, 2019
by Randy Sukow
The NRTC rural telephone today membership reelected Raymond Henagan, CEO of Rock Port Telephone, Rock Port, MO, to a three-year term on the NRTC Board of Directors during the first session of NRTC’s Annual Meeting. Henagan was standing unopposed for the position during the meeting in New Orlea...
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