FCC Chairman Sets $20B/10-Year Rural Broadband Funding Plan

The following was published by MeriTalk on April 15, 2019 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be facilitating $20.4 billion of investments into high-speed broadband networks across rural America over the next 10 years, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced during a briefing with President Trump on April 12. To distribute those funds, the FCC will create the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which …

Coverage Questions Plague Rural Broadband Expansion

Editor’s Note: Connected Nation believes that one of the reasons many areas remain unserved or underserved when it comes to access to broadband is because there is not accurate data. The current data does not truly reflect who has access and who does not. The following piece, written by Anthony Izaguirre, was published by the Southeast Missourian on April 16, …

FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20B for rural internet

Published by AP News on April 12th, 2019 By Tali Arbel NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government will hold a massive auction to bolster 5G service , the next generation of mobile networks, and plans to spend $20 billion to expand broadband access in rural areas. 5G will mean faster wireless speeds and has implications for technologies like self-driving …

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 …

Senate Seeks To Expand Rural Broadband Access

The following was published by The Katy News on April 8, 2019 Austin, TX – Rural Texans have been increasingly left behind in the expansion in broadband coverage, but a bill passed by the Senate Thursday could change that.  According to the Federal Communications Commission, at least 30 percent of rural Texans don’t have access to high-speed internet.  While 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. …