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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.

Sep 17, 2019
by Randy Sukow
Building broadband networks usually requires lots of cooperation among several different entities. Before a rural electric or telephone company (or possibly both in partnership) can begin laying down fiber or building wireless towers, the chances are they will have spent considerable time dealing wi...
Sep 11, 2019
by Randy Sukow
Without accurate maps to show policy makers and the general public where broadband service exists and where it does not, it will be impossible to hold successful USF auctions or take any meaningful steps to eliminate the gap in rural broadband coverage, said a panel of witnesses appearing today befo...
Sep 9, 2019
by Randy Sukow
Economists sometimes talk about the “ripple effect.” Activity – sometimes seemingly minor activity – in one sector of the economy has larger significance in other sectors. A new white paper by Purdue University’s Center for Regional Development, “Job Creation from...
Sep 5, 2019
by Randy Sukow
The FCC will open an auction for spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band on June 25, 2020, Chairman Ajit Pai said yesterday in a blog post. The Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) licenses will be an important center of mid-band frequencies for 5G mobile services. At the same time, the licenses could provide fi...
Aug 30, 2019
by Randy Sukow
NRTC CEO Tim Bryan was back in Texas earlier this month (this time without benefit of the four-legged transportation he had at May’s NRTC TechConnect Conference) to discuss broadband technology opportunities during Texas Electric Cooperative’s (TEC’s) Annual Meeting in Austin. Broa...
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