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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.

Dec 2, 2016
by Randy Sukow
The increased availability of fiber and high-speed cable modem services is stoking consumer demand for faster service tiers, according to the FCC’s latest “Measuring Broadband America” (MBA) report. Broadband providers are responding by steadily expanding their tiers to include fas...
Dec 1, 2016
by Randy Sukow
The general wisdom promoted by several companies in recent months is that the Internet of Things (IoT) is a trend that is well under way and the emergence of 5G wireless technology over the next five to 10 years will send IoT into the stratosphere. Joe Madden, a communications technology analyst, su...
Nov 30, 2016
by Randy Sukow
The growth of over-the-top, on-demand TV programming and cord cutting has been enough to lead some prognosticators to see the eventual end of cable TV. But an announcement today by Altice USA, the fourth-largest American cable operator, suggests even more tangible evidence of change.  Altice un...
Nov 28, 2016
by Randy Sukow
Advances in technology over the past decade have caused the Internet and extensive video libraries to migrate to wireless platforms. A natural result might be that cable companies and programming rights holders would seek mergers with wireless companies. But large media mergers have been rare during...
Nov 23, 2016
by Randy Sukow
Subtly, the transition of power continues. Last week representatives from the New York state government approached FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai’s staff to argue in favor of a waiver of Phase II Connect America (CAF) reverse auction rules in 2017. They normally might have directed the pitch to the...
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