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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.

Nov 14, 2018
by Randy Sukow
The FCC today began taking bids in the Spectrum Frontier for high-band spectrum to feed future 5G wireless broadband services. While high-band frequencies do not deliver broadband signals over long distances, they offer very wide channels to deliver speeds sometimes exceeding 1 gigabit per second ov...
Nov 14, 2018
by Randy Sukow
The E-Connectivity Infrastructure program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $91 million in loans and grants to 19 different projects, USDA announced yesterday. They are the initial awards in a $600 million program to promote broadband infrastructure throughout rural America, whic...
Nov 13, 2018
by Randy Sukow
NRTC member Nex-Tech in Lenora, KS, recently won recognition for marketing of its subscriber Wi-Fi broadband service. Calix, a software and cloud computing company, named Nex-Tech one of its “Calix Innovation Award Winners” for 2018 in the “Innovation in Subscriber Experience&rdquo...
Nov 5, 2018
by Randy Sukow
In an ex parte letter to the FCC, 44 rural groups, including NRTC, urged the Commission to open a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to improve the current TV white spaces rules. The Commission in recent years has opened unused channels in the broadcast TV spectrum for unlicensed communications. ...
Nov 2, 2018
by Randy Sukow
The FCC yesterday formed a Disaster Response and Recovery Working Group as part of its Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC).  NRECA CEO Jim Matheson was one of 28 figures from the communications and utility industries, as well as representatives of state and municipal governments name...
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