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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 22, 2018
by Randy Sukow
A common complaint in recent years is that it is difficult to find updated and accurate broadband data. Which rural areas do broadband providers still fail to cover? How many broadband competitors operate in a given geographic area? Researchers have had few resources outside of on the obsolete Natio...
Feb 22, 2018
by Randy Sukow
The FCC today published its December 2017 order in the Federal Register, repealing the Commission’s net neutrality rules and returning internet service from Title II telecommunications status to a Title I information service. The document sets April 23 as the effective date for several section...
Feb 21, 2018
by Randy Sukow
Choptank Electric Cooperative in Maryland today said that it will use Volt/VAR optimization (VVO) solutions from Dominion Voltage Inc. (DVI) to control voltage and reduce costs for its 54,000 cooperative members. NRTC was the value-added reseller that helped negotiate the contract. Choptank Preside...
Feb 15, 2018
by Randy Sukow
When to commit to new technology? New battery designs open the potential for rural utilities to try new demand management and voltage regulation processes and could complement solar and wind projects. But cooperatives must assess whether the time is right to invest in storage systems today. “...
Feb 12, 2018
by Randy Sukow
The White House formally released the outline of its proposed $1.5 trillion plan to rebuild American infrastructure. Unlike an earlier draft of the plan leaked to the press last month, this outline includes specific ways that rural broadband projects could receive some of that funding over the next ...
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