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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.

Apr 24, 2017
by Randy Sukow
Today being April 24, executives over at ViaSat originally expected that they would now be watching the countdown to the April 25 launch of the ViaSat-2 satellite, as the company informed in its last financial report. That, however, will not be happening due to labor disputes with workers at the Ari...
Apr 20, 2017
by Randy Sukow
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, there is more concentration than usual these days on building out broadband infrastructure with tomorrow’s opening meeting of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) and the announcement of the $1.04 billion Verizon/Corning fiber purchase deal. T...
Apr 19, 2017
by Randy Sukow
Verizon Communications said yesterday that it will buy 12.4 million miles of fiber optic cable a year for three years (2018-2020) under a new agreement with Corning Inc. The cash value of the deal will be a minimum of $1.04 billion. “Our plans identified a shortfall in fiber supply, and Veriz...
Apr 18, 2017
by Randy Sukow
The FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) holds its first meeting on Friday with the goal of seeking out the best ways to help local communities remove barriers to building broadband infrastructure. The Benton Foundation, a Chicago-based non-profit organization that focuses on c...
Apr 13, 2017
by Randy Sukow
T-Mobile was the top bidder in the FCC’s year-long TV incentive auction. According to the list of license winners the Commission released today, T-Mobile was the high bidder on 1,525 licenses for total bids of nearly $8 billion. The low-frequency, 600 MHz licenses from the incentive auction co...
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