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Rural Connect

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.


Oct 25, 2021
by Steve Pastorkovich and Randy Sukow
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural eConnectivity Program (ReConnect), providing loans, grants and combination loan/grants to rural broadband construction projects, is coming back for a third round. USDA will begin accepting applications in the new round on Nov. 24, with a closing date of F...
Oct 22, 2021
by Randy Sukow
Three NRTC members – Dixie Electric Power Association in Mississippi along with LaGrange County REMC, and Miami-Cass REMC, both in Indiana – are among the latest participants in the 2020 Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) reverse auction to emerge successfully from the FCC’s “long-form”...
Oct 19, 2021
by Randy Sukow
Since June, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has been displaying a National Broadband Availability Map on its website. It has begun mounting an effort to upgrade that map with data voluntarily collected from internet providers. Communities throughout the nation s...
Oct 18, 2021
by Randy Sukow
The last two years have seen their share of hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and other weather emergencies that forced prolonged electricity outages. For rural electric co-ops, the hardships and costs of the February 2021 winter storm in Texas with more than $200 billion in damages, was especially m...
Oct 5, 2021
by Steve Pastorkovich
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) yesterday released the list of proposed service areas where applicants seek funding in the Broadband Infrastructure Program. Rural broadband providers should immediately check this list and inform NTIA if areas they already serve ...
Oct 5, 2021
by Randy Sukow
Teresa Ferguson, an executive with 30 years of experience dealing with broadband policy, joins NRTC as senior director, Broadband and Infrastructure Funding. Building rural broadband networks to unserved and underserved areas has become an important government objective in the wake of the COVID-19 p...
Oct 1, 2021
by Randy Sukow
Many people may not be aware of it, but all around us the internet of things (IoT) is a massive presence in everyday life. A burgeoning set of connected devices and automated systems gather images and other data and move them around the globe over fiber and wireless networks. Businesses’ economic ...
Sep 30, 2021
by Randy Sukow
NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association has scheduled a free online event to help small, rural broadband providers prepare their cybersecurity strategies. NRTC and NRECA are among many rural organizations co-sponsoring Breached!, which NTCA describes as a “virtual wargame.” Participants will join...
Sep 24, 2021
by Randy Sukow
Electric cooperatives with experience using smart grid technologies say they have markedly increased consumer satisfaction. Consumer-members tend to notice the higher reliability (fewer outages) and improved affordably that smart grid systems can produce. A new report, Rural Electric Cooperative Sma...
Sep 22, 2021
by Steve Pastorkovich and Randy Sukow
A 25-page document the U.S. Treasury Department released this week, “Guidance for the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund” (CPF), provides specifics on how states and territories may tap into $10 billion Congress appropriated earlier this year in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. CPF’s broad...
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