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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.


Jun 17, 2021
by Randy Sukow
The work goes on at the FCC to develop mapping data of broadband service in the United States, measuring down to individual structures that still lack high-speed service. In the meantime, the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today released its...
Jun 15, 2021
by Randy Sukow
Perhaps you have seen the news stories. A cyberattack closes a key pipeline, gasoline prices surged and 1970s-style gas lines make a temporary reappearance up much of the East Coast. Hackers gain access to the data of 425 of the Fortune 500 as well as the top 10 communications companies and several ...
Jun 8, 2021
by Randy Sukow
Emergence from the pandemic and the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth has created a rare situation for rural electric cooperatives. Many factors are converging to make commitments in fiber optic construction projects that once might have seemed risky, more than a possibility. In fact, they might ...
Jun 2, 2021
by Randy Sukow
On June 7, Milton Geiger takes his new position as NRTC’s director of Smart Grid Energy Solutions. He comes to NRTC from Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA) in Fort Collins, CO, where he has served since 2016, first as alternative energy administrator and later as energy resource dire...
May 24, 2021
by Randy Sukow
The federal government has cleared many billions of dollars to help rural communities build broadband connectivity. Some programs provide support directly to NRTC members while others, such as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Infrastructure Program ...
May 20, 2021
by Steve Pastorkovich and Randy Sukow
The National Information and Technology Administration (NTIA), a division of the Commerce Department, has released the long-awaited details of its $288 million Broadband Infrastructure Program. The funding authorized in late 2020 through the Consolidated Appropriations Act sets aside grants for stat...
May 18, 2021
by Randy Sukow
Whatever memories the year 2020 may leave, rural cooperatives can be proud of their efforts to serve their communities during the pandemic. Most NRTC staff spent the year working in their homes, but thanks to online communications, we remained in touch with our members and continued to supply vital ...
May 11, 2021
by Steve Pastorkovich and Randy Sukow
The U.S. Treasury this week is sharing information that state, territorial, metropolitan city, county, and tribal governments can use to obtain funding through The American Rescue Plan, which the President signed into law in March 2021. In the weeks since its passage, these government entities have ...
May 6, 2021
by Randy Sukow
Chris Bradley, an NRTC regional business manager (RBM), had the pleasure of giving an update on NRTC activities during the Utah Rural Electric Cooperative Association Annual Meeting. The association’s members held the April 28 meeting face-to-face in St. George, UT. “The general mood was happy,...
May 4, 2021
by Randy Sukow
Be sure to stop by on June 3 for the 2021 Broadband and Digital Infrastructure Summit. NRTC and NRECA are collaborating on the half-day online meeting at noon to 5 p.m. Eastern Time. There will be two general sessions. “Broadband Beyond the Technology Hype and State of the Industry” will featur...
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