Little FCC Reforms Can Have Big Benefits for Rural Broadband

Published by Wireless Internet Service Providers Association on April 10th, 2019 By Claude Aiken  In rural America, many grain legs (bucket elevators for moving grain) have small wireless radios attached to them, providing the grain leg’s owner with broadband service. But a loophole in the current Federal Communications Commission rules means that the same service provider seeking to use the …

Tennessee Telecommunications Association members discuss rural broadband with legislators during ‘Day on the Hill’

Published by WGNS Radio on April 8th, 2019  Rural broadband leaders from the Tennessee Telecommunications Association (TTA) met with members of the Tennessee Assembly in Nashville Tuesday to discuss the progress being made in advancing broadband connectivity in rural Tennessee. The annual Day on the Hill started with a breakfast during which TTA members answered questions from state officials and …

USDA Harvests Input on Rural Broadband Spectrum Priorities

Published by Broadcasting Cable on April 2nd, 2019 By John Eggerton The U.S. Department of Agriculture is collecting comment on what is the best spectrum management policy to get broadband to more rural areas, which is an avowed priority of the Trump Administration. In its comments, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) said it is all for a “rural …

NeoNova grows its rural broadband footprint with latest acquisition

Published by WRAL TechWire on April 2nd, 2019 NeoNova, the Triangle-based company that provides a variety of support services to rural Internet broadband supported, is expanding its network with another acquisition. The firm, which is owned by the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, is buying the Iowa-based SecurityCoverage. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but NeoNova said the company …

Fauquier High sophomore a rural broadband advocate

Published by Fauquier Now on April 1st, 2019 By Cassandra Brown  At just 16 years old, the Fauquier High School sophomore has spoken at a Microsoft event and attended a presidential Farm Bill signing at the White House. Those opportunities resulted from McKenzie Hurley’s involvement in Fauquier High’s FFA club, a national youth organization that teaches leadership through agriculture education. …

Broadband Access, the Difference Between Can and Do

The following was published in Dairy Business on March 28, 2019 by Megan Nelson, Economic Analyst How an FCC Survey Question May Overstate Broadband Access in Rural America At issue in the rural broadband debate is the way in which internet service providers are asked if they provide internet services to customers. The survey question posed to services providers is …

Leaders demand more rural broadband access; Governor says time to ‘force this to happen’

Published by WRAL TechWire on March 27, 2019 By Mindy Hamlin  RALEIGH – Broadband was the word of the day at the North Carolina Rural Center’s Rural Day. More than 600 state and local leaders and community advocates gathered in downtown Raleigh yesterday to discuss broadband, as well as health and small business development as priorities for growth and success …