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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.


Feb 21, 2020
by Randy Sukow
NRTC members planning to attend the NRTC Annual Meeting for electric cooperatives on March 1, should make some time in their calendars to attend panel sessions featuring NRTC speakers at NRECA’s TechAdvantage Expo, March 1-4. The annual meeting and the expo will both be at the Ernest N. Morial Con...
Feb 18, 2020
by Randy Sukow
Jason Dandridge, CEO of Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Walterboro, SC, and Jimmy Todd, CEO and GM of Nex‐Tech, Lenora, KS, were reelected this afternoon to District 12 seats on the NRTC Board of Directors. Both were incumbents and running unopposed. Board elections were the main point...
Feb 17, 2020
by Randy Sukow
NRTC members interested in wireless broadband technology will get a 25 percent discount to attend the CBRS PAL Auction Workshop 2020, March 11 in Washington, DC. Analyst firm iGR, conference firm SmartGig Media and other supporting organizations are hosting the workshop to assist those considering t...
Feb 6, 2020
by Steve Pastorkovich
NRTC Broadband Solutions President Jim DaBramo and I enjoyed participating in a session at the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives’ (AMEC) Feb. 3 meeting in Jefferson City, MO. As you might expect, rural broadband technology and the FCC’s $20 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDO...
Feb 5, 2020
by Randy Sukow
It was a night of sharp political divisions as almost each sentence of the president’s State of the Union address sent Republican members of the House and Senate to their feet and left Democrats sitting with somber expressions. One of the few instances that drew cheers from everyone in the room o...
Jan 30, 2020
by Randy Sukow
The FCC today adopted a Report and Order establishing the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), a $20.4 billion program that will distribute universal service money over 10 years and extend broadband service where it does not yet exist. The order passed with the two Democratic commissioners “diss...
Jan 28, 2020
by Randy Sukow
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today named NRTC member Grundy Electric Cooperative, Trenton, MO, as the winner of a $3 million loan through the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) ReConnect pilot program. Grundy’s award bestowed under the co-op’s broadband subsidiary name, Mid-States Services LLC,...
Jan 22, 2020
by Randy Sukow
Earlier this month, NRTC joined the CBRS Alliance, an industry group dedicated to assisting wireless providers and equipment manufacturers develop technology for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service in the 3.5 GHz band. NRTC seeks to support its members who are planning to enter the FCC’s CBRS spe...
Jan 15, 2020
by Matt Timmons
Feasibility studies. Subscriber take rates. Debt-to-equity ratios. Equipment, construction and operational costs. These are just a few of the questions electric cooperatives must answer as they plan entry into the rural broadband business.  NRTC CEO Tim Bryan (pictured standing left) gathered a...
Jan 14, 2020
by Dan Timmer
Effective Jan. 14, 2020, Microsoft is ending technical support and software and security updates for the Windows 7 operating system. The good news for providers reselling NRTC Managed Services subscriber solutions, such as Tech Home and SecureIT, is that we will continue to test these products and s...
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