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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 17, 2017
by Randy Sukow
Satellite broadband provider ViaSat Inc.is one of several companies using the last few days available to state their positions on the FCC’s Phase II Connect America Fund (CAF) rules. The Commission announced yesterday that it plans to make a decision on how to weight reverse auction bids in Ph...
Feb 15, 2017
by Randy Sukow
NTCA, the Rural Broadband Association, said in comments to the FCC this week that the amount of universal service funding currently available to rural broadband providers through the Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) is not enough to do the job. If the program’s goal is to support...
Feb 14, 2017
by Randy Sukow
NeoNova, NRTC’s Raleigh, NC-based web services an cloud specialist company, has acquired the contracts for enterprise help desk customers of Nex-Tech, Lenora, KS. NeoNova’s extensive help desk resources will immediately begin serving those customers. “We conducted a thorough searc...
Feb 11, 2017
by Randy Sukow
The forward-auction phase of the FCC’s TV incentive auction ended this afternoon after the 58th round. The auction of 84 MHz former broadcast TV spectrum in the 600 MHz band ended with a total of $19,632,506,746 in bids. Out of that amount, the broadcaster that provided the spectrum in the auc...
Feb 10, 2017
by Randy Sukow
ViaSat Inc. announced that it has set an April 25 launch date for its ViaSat-2 satellite. It released the news yesterday along with its 3rd quarter fiscal 2017 financial report. The launch, like ViaSat-1 and several other past broadband satellite launches, will be out of the Guiana Space Centre in F...
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