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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.


Jul 29, 2021
by Randy Sukow
NRTC members planning the trip to NRTC's TechConnect this fall should be sure to take a close look at the program agenda before arriving in Florida. A loaded agenda in the broadband and smart grid breakout sessions will require a planning calendar and a sharp pencil to catch all the highlights. NRTC...
Jul 27, 2021
by Randy Sukow
Fiber network capacity of 10 gigabits per second has become the norm. According to a recent report by research firm Omdia, 2021 shipments of 10 Gbps passive optical network (PON) equipment in North America have surpassed shipments of earlier-generation PON. The trend toward faster fiber networks, on...
Jul 26, 2021
by Randy Sukow
The first of the universal service funding through the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) is ready to go out to 48 winners in the 2020 reverse auction. In total, 48 winners will receive $311 million paid over 10 years to build gigabit fiber optic facilities in rural areas. The announcemen...
Jul 23, 2021
by Randy Sukow
Partners have broken ground on a 200-mile fiber broadband project in an historic region of rural Virginia. NRTC is supporting the project, which will serve 7,200 homes and businesses over four counties in the area where George Washington was born 289 years ago. All Points Broadband (APB), a fiber a...
Jul 22, 2021
by Randy Sukow
With threat of the virus fading further, statewide associations are holding more in-person meetings. NRTC experts have been pleased to attend and share the fast-paced flow of new information about the smart grid, broadband networks and wireless technologies. They were among the featured speakers at ...
Jul 16, 2021
by Randy Sukow
NRECA and NTCA, The Rural Broadband Association were among six organizations to sign a letter to Congress urging not just broadband coverage in rural and other unserved communities, but fiber networks that are built to last. Congress continues to debate an administration proposal to spend $65 billio...
Jul 12, 2021
by Randy Sukow
A filing window is open through Aug. 2 for a program that rural service providers potentially could use to build broadband or other communications business partnerships. Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) is a small program with $10 million in funding for FY 2021 and a plan to distribute grant...
Jun 29, 2021
by Randy Sukow
The mobile communications market will soon have four national competitors. Dish Network later this year will gradually begin stepping into the vacancy created when Sprint merged with T-Mobile. It will use a vast store of middle band spectrum it has amassed through auctions and other means over sever...
Jun 24, 2021
by Randy Sukow
President Biden today announced the completion of a “true bipartisan effort” to craft a physical infrastructure bill. A group of five Republican and Democratic senators and the administration agreed to a “framework” for a $1.2 trillion plan that the group will support in Congress. The compro...
Jun 23, 2021
by Randy Sukow
The Biden Administration painted a red and depressing picture of broadband availability throughout the United States last week with its new National Broadband Data Availability Map. Online news service Axios this week gathered some reaction to the map from the two industry sectors that provide the m...
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