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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.

Aug 25, 2016
by Randy Sukow
A combined program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named 10 rural towns that will receive federal assistance to build their economies. All 10 communities are in the Appalachian coal mining region affected by lower demand for coal in recent y...
Aug 23, 2016
by Randy Sukow
After a year of development, the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) of companies promoting communications in unlicensed bands has finished a plan to test coexistence of LTE voice/data and Wi-Fi transmissions in those bands. But the completion of a test plan does not signal peace between traditional Wi-Fi router m...
Aug 19, 2016
by Randy Sukow
Staff and friends of NRTC gathered for an informal reception yesterday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the technology cooperative serving rural electric and telephone companies. It was August 1986 when the National Rural Telecommunications Council (pictured), organized by NRECA and CFC, formall...
Aug 18, 2016
by Randy Sukow
NRTC subsidiary Telispire of Wichita Fall, TX, has a definitive agreement to acquire Mobi PCS, a mobile phone service provider covering the state of Hawaii. The companies plan to complete the transaction by the end of the third quarter. “We have built our business on supporting a wide variety...
Aug 16, 2016
by Randy Sukow
NTCA, The Rural Broadband Association and the Rural Wireless Association, Inc. (RWA) have filed an “informal request” with the FCC to slow the pace of the 600 MHz Incentive Auction (Auction 1002), at least during some of the September rounds. The complexity of the bidding process and som...
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