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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.

May 17, 2018
by Randy Sukow
Chairman Ajit Pai says that rural telephone companies are paying an unfair “broadband tax” and that the FCC plans to eliminate it. He indicated in a blog post yesterday that the Commission during its June 7 open agenda meeting, will consider an order to forbear from imposing universal se...
May 15, 2018
by Randy Sukow
The early indications are that the Phase II Connect America Fund (CAF) auction, scheduled to begin on July 24, is attracting heavy participation. The FCC late yesterday released the names 277 companies and coalitions that have applied to be bidders, leading to what will likely be a brisk competition...
May 11, 2018
by Randy Sukow
NRTC CEO Tim Bryan is among 20 executives from rural, industrial and wireless-industry organizations proposing a compromise to the question of geographic licensing in the 3.5 GHz Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS). The coalition seeks to balance the goals of large national mobile carriers seeking to...
May 10, 2018
by Randy Sukow
Last year, for better or worse, the FCC completed its first incentive auction to repurpose and redistribute valuable, low-band but underutilized TV broadcast licenses for wireless broadband. It was a complex, years-long process that yielded much less revenue for the federal government than expected....
May 9, 2018
by Randy Sukow
Live shows that have some element of audience participation – a sing-along or maybe a murder mystery dinner theater where the diners are part of the plot – don’t they make for enjoyable evenings? Well, customer participation, or member engagement, as we say in the rural electric co...
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