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NRTC Adds Pivot Proficiencies to Build Rural Connections

NRTC members building broadband businesses using NRTC’s many services now have access to the nearly 20 years of marketing and consulting services that Pivot has provided to rural telecommunications organizations.

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Pivot Joins Forces With CrowdFiber for Full Broadband Labeling Suite

Two NRTC companies, Pivot and CrowdFiber announced that they are working together to provide a full suite of Broadband Consumer Labels services. Pivot will add employee training and regulatory consulting services to the label generating and archiving system CrowdFiber developed last year. ISPs are required to display labels with broadband service data beginning in 2024. NRTC demonstrated Broadband Consumer Labels at its RTIME booth in Tampa.

FCC Opens First Section 706 Inquiry Since 2020

The FCC has opened a Notice of Inquiry to determine whether broadband service is becoming available to all Americans “in a reasonable and timely fashion.” Pre-pandemic, the FCC conducted inquiries most years, as directed by Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 but has not done so since 2020. A top reason for the latest inquiry, the Commission says, is to consider raising the benchmark speed for broadband services from 25/3 Mbps to 100/20 Mbps.

Enhanced A-CAM to Provide $18.26 Billion Over 15 Years for Rural Broadband

The FCC has cleared $18.26 billion in support for rural broadband networks through the universal service Enhanced Alternative Connect America Cost Model (Enhanced A-CAM) program. A total of 368 rural telcos opted for the funding under a program adopted last July. The Commission estimates that about 2 million rural households will have access to at least 100/20 Mbps service thanks to Enhanced A-CAM. An FCC Public Notice specifies that the authorization begins Jan. 1, 2024 and lasts 15 years.

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