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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.

Jul 19, 2019
by Randy Sukow
Just a brief note: There are many video and written tributes to the moon landing available this week. (This one produced by Space News I think is especially comprehensive.) There’s not much more that I can add. At 10:56 p.m. EDT tomorrow, the world will observe the 50th anniversary of an amazi...
Jul 18, 2019
by Randy Sukow
The FCC on Aug. 1 has tentatively scheduled a vote to get started on the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), the $20.4 billion, 10-year program that is to replace the Connect America Fund (CAF). FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced his intention to establish the rural broadband program during a White ...
Jul 10, 2019
by Randy Sukow
The FCC this morning by a 3-2 vote changed the rules for the 2.5 GHz Educational Broadband Service (EBS) band to give commercial internet providers more immediate access to mid-band spectrum for 5G. An auction for what Chairman Ajit Pai called “the single largest contiguous swath of mid-band s...
Jul 9, 2019
by Randy Sukow
Kentik, a San Francisco-based online security systems developer, today announced their partnership with NRTC's NeoNova. The companies said that the partnership will focus on helping members accomplish two critical goals – providing enhanced real-time network visibility to drive informed ...
Jul 3, 2019
by Randy Sukow
To continue the theme of shifting emphasis to mid-band spectrum for 5G, especially potential rural 5G, a group of current or possible terrestrial spectrum users have proposed a plan to speed up clearing a portion (3.7-4.2 GHz) of the C band. The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), Charter Commun...
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