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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.

Jan 17, 2017
by Randy Sukow
ViaSat and Boeing recently invited press into Boeing’s El Segundo, CA, facility to provide an update on its satellite launch. According to published reports, ViaSat-2 remains on track for launch from Arianespace in French Guyana in March or April and to go into service during the fourth quarte...
Jan 11, 2017
by Randy Sukow
NTCA, the Rural Broadband Association this week filed a request with the FCC to reconsider its definition of the word “location” when calculating the need for Connect America Fund (CAF) support in rural areas. The Commission has dealt with several difficult issues over the last two years...
Jan 9, 2017
by Randy Sukow
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has opened a filing window for applications to the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee program from March 1 through March 31, 2017. A second application period will last from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30. The program pro...
Jan 9, 2017
by Randy Sukow
According to published reports, the House of Representatives could bring the “Small Business Broadband Deployment Act” (H.R. 288) to a vote this week under a suspension of the rules. That is the procedure the legislative body uses to call for unanimous consent of uncontroversial bills. ...
Jan 3, 2017
by Randy Sukow
A few days before the New Year, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) wrote a letter to the FCC urging it to go forward with a plan to realign the 900 MHz band in a state that would allow current licensees (including electric utilities) to establish wireless broadband services. The proposal fo...
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