Vyve Business 250 Mbps Service Now in Almost 100 Rural Markets

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Vyve Broadband is offering businesses 250 Mbps broadband tiers in almost 100 rural markets in six states, the company said this week. The Vyve business 250 Mbps offering is available only to businesses, according to the company, which specializes in non-urban areas. “We are so excited about the work we’re doing for both our residential...Learn More

Electric Co-op Broadband Report: Feasibility Studies Are Essential

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As more and more people come to the realization that broadband is a necessity in rural America, electric co-operatives are likely to play an increasingly important role in deploying the technology, notes rural utility lender CoBank in a new report. In 56 pages, CoBank includes case studies of several electric co-op broadband deployments and explores...Learn More

Sign of the Times: Xfinity Mobile iPhone Launch

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The launch of new iPhones, iPhone 8 and 8+ specifically, is a reminder of how the mobile industry, as mature as it is, continues to have new entrants. Comcast is trying to carve out a mobile play, and will open their stores early on September 22nd for an Xfinity mobile iPhone launch. Xfinity mobile customers...Learn More

Three More States Opt In to FirstNet Public Safety Network

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A total of 23 states or territories now have made the decision to opt in to FirstNet, the nationwide mobile broadband public safety network. Texas, Idaho and Maryland announced this week that they are joining in. “As we saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, our first responders are often the last and only hope for...Learn More

Broadband Provider Groups Seek CAF II Auction Changes

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Organizations representing broadband providers have asked the FCC to modify its proposal for the Connect America Fund (CAF II) Auction. The CAF II auction will award funding rejected by price cap carriers in parts of 20 states. The auction is designed to award funding to the provider that offers to deploy service at the lowest...Learn More

Gigabit Telehealth Trial Targets Patients with Complex Ailments

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Ting Internet will support a gigabit telehealth trial in Westminster, Maryland that aims to improve treatment for patients who have complex ailments. Ting will provide gigabit connectivity to two group homes, each of which has three intellectually challenged patients who “go to the emergency room a lot, have a lot of unscheduled doctor visits and...Learn More

CenturyLink Business Wi-Fi is a Cloud-Based Service

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Business with as many as 250 Wi-Fi wielding employees could benefit from CenturyLink Business Wi-Fi, which the telecommunications company announced yesterday. The cloud-managed platform is based on Cisco Meraki technology. “This solution provides an economical option for businesses with limited IT resources to harness the power of their Wi-Fi networks to more effectively engage with...Learn More

TIA, QuEST Forum to Merge

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In a consolidation of two associations dedicated to the interests of the telecommunications industry, QuEST Forum will become part of The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). When the definitive TIA, QuEST Forum agreement is finalized, the QuEST Forum “community will become an active part of TIA,” the organizations said. The agreement, which is being presented as...Learn More

Rural Telecom Economics: Telergee Report Finds Revenues Up, Profits Down

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The average small rural telco saw revenues increase in 2016 but profitability declined in comparison with the previous year, according to the latest Telergee Benchmark Study. The extensive and detailed rural telecom economics report is compiled annually by The Telergee Alliance, a group of accounting firms that specialize in rural telecom. This year’s report was...Learn More

Report: School Broadband Availability Improving, But Rural Fiber Still Lagging

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School broadband availability has increased dramatically as a result of changes made several years ago to the FCC E-rate program, with 94% of schools now providing connectivity at rates of at least 100 kbps per student, says a report released today from non-profit organization Education Superhighway. That’s a big jump from 30% in 2013. The...Learn More

G.fast Enhancements Will Support Gigabit Speeds Over Copper

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The next generation of G.fast chips will give network operators the ability to support gigabit speeds over twisted pair copper or coax wiring over distances of 100 meters or more – and chipmaker Sckipio expects to support the maximum possible bandwidth, said Michael Weissman, vice president of marketing for Sckipio, in an interview. Next-generation G.fast...Learn More

GSA Finds 81 5G Trials by Operators in 42 Countries

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The wireless ecosystem is involved in numerous tests and 5G trials as the pace toward rollout of 5G quickens, according to new data from the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) about 5G operators. The group’s report on lab tests and field trials suggests that the industry is working hard to meet expected commercialization timeframes. 5G...Learn More

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