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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.

Sep 20, 2018
by Randy Sukow
The FCC is again looking at the state of broadband technologies for its periodic report to Congress, as required by Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, in comments to the Commission, says that its analysis should look at the current set of...
Sep 14, 2018
by Randy Sukow
Cooperatives in the Carolinas and southern Virginia certainly had a busy day today. Hurricane Florence hit the shores near Wilmington, NC, early this morning, thankfully at less force than the Category 5 forecasters at one time expected. But there was plenty of power in the storm to knock out power ...
Sep 14, 2018
by Randy Sukow
A panel of NRTC and NRECA experts told a webinar audience yesterday that now is the time to invest in fiber optic backbones networks. Backbones will provide is the core capability electric utilities need to implement several short-term projects, including advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), alte...
Sep 11, 2018
by Randy Sukow
Two years ago, AT&T announced that it was working on a technology to send wireless internet signals along power lines using a technology that potentially could deliver gigabit-plus speeds anyplace utilities distribute electricity. Yesterday, the company said that it not only is still working on ...
Sep 11, 2018
by Randy Sukow
NRTC members responding to the Rural Utilities Service’s (RUS) inquiry into e-Connectivity concentrated on the issue of which technologies the government should encourage to reach unserved areas. Like past debates over the matter at the FCC, there was disagreement over whether to stick to wire...
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