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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.


Jan 19, 2022
by Randy Sukow
The FCC today announced the newest composition of its Technological Advisory Council (TAC), a group of experts from a wide range of organizations that offer the Commission insights into telecommunications technology. Ted Solomon, NRTC’s VP, Strategy and Corporate Development, is joining the group ...
Jan 17, 2022
by Randy Sukow
Late Friday, the FCC announced that Kristi Westbrock, CEO and general manager of NRTC member Consolidated Telecommunications Co. (CTC), in Minnesota, will be part of the new Telecommunications Interagency Working Group (TIWG). She will represent rural telecommunications on the group created by the r...
Jan 10, 2022
by Randy Sukow
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), enacted in November, sets aside $65 billion to help communities build and operate broadband networks. The task of writing rules to distribute that unprecedented jumped ahead this morning as the National Telecommunications and Information Administrat...
Dec 28, 2021
by Teresa Ferguson
The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) issued a notice alerting service providers that they may begin submitting election notices to participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Service providers who have already participated in the earlier Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB)...
Dec 24, 2021
by Randy Sukow
In a document released this week, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel indicated that the updated FCC broadband maps it began preparing earlier this year will not be available anytime soon. She could not estimate precisely when they will be ready. The maps are a necessity before the FCC and other agen...
Dec 17, 2021
by Steve Pastorkovich
Seven more members of the NRTC Phase I RDOF Consortium are ready to be authorized for funding, the FCC announced yesterday. The seven are among 69 broadband providers listed in this funding wave, totaling over $1 billion bringing broadband service to over 500,000 locations in 32 states. These NRTC m...
Dec 16, 2021
by Randy Sukow
Yesterday the FCC adopted a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) asking for industry comments on all aspects of the Universal Service Fund (USF). Congress in the recently enacted Infrastructure Act ordered the FCC to complete a report with options for “improving effectiveness” of USF.  The NOI asks for...
Dec 15, 2021
by Randy Sukow
NRTC Managed Services distributed a notice to members urging them to protect themselves from a vulnerability detected in “Log4j” software. Hackers have found a weakness that could affect many applications and web sites, and potentially puts “hundreds of millions of devices at risk,” accordin...
Dec 10, 2021
by Randy Sukow
The FCC said yesterday that it is renewing its Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force, a group that has spent the last two years studying the technologies available to improve farm and ranch production. The group also has been looking at the level of need for connectivity in unserved rural areas. Man...
Dec 6, 2021
by Randy Sukow
A reminder to all NRTC members: There’s still time to register for “Funding Landscape: Now and Expected,” an NRTC webinar set to begin at 1 p.m. Eastern time this Thursday, Dec. 9. It will be a chance to get the latest information on broadband funding opportunities from experts at NRTC, NTCA -...
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