Problems With FCC Broadband Funding Endure

The proposed rules favor grant bidders who least need the money and are unlikely to bring permanent, high-quality broadband to rural areas.

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Verizon Targets New York State’s Rural Communities with FTTH

Verizon is leveraging state and FCC funds to connect several rural New York state communities with FTTH. This service will offer residents and businesses access to services typically found in larger cities.

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Editor's Note: Ending the Digital Divide

The digital divide is widening. Without public and private policy changes, we’ll lose the battle for universal access.

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V and E Bands Key to the 5G Revolution

They offer an affordable, accessible way for smaller and rural providers to gain spectrum and deliver on the promises of 5G.

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Broadband’s Impact In Five Communities

Early results show that high-speed broadband has positive impacts for communities in rural Minnesota.

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Fiber Moves Forward

Speakers at the 2019 Broadband Communities Summit, held in Austin in April, agreed that every community wants – and needs – great broadband. How best to deliver great broadband to MDUs, master-planned communities, underserved towns and rural areas is still up for debate, however. Following are some highlights of speaker presentations.

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Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies Deploy FTTH

An independent telco leverages technology to offer next-generation services.

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Is Fiber at the Tipping Point?

Medina County, Ohio, is trying a new model for financing and building rural broadband. If the model succeeds, it may be adaptable to other localities.

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USDA ReConnect: Expensive Money

For many small communities, the USDA’s latest grant program may be too complex to be worth applying for.

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Editor's Note: Shovel Ready

Communities across the United States have shifted from “Why fiber?” to “How?”

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Broadband for Rural Businesses

Rural providers are taking aim at rural businesses with fiber and DOCSIS 3.1–based broadband services. But providers must educate this segment about using these new services to become more viable in the online world.

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Thinking Creatively About Broadband Infrastructure

To encourage new, local broadband providers, consider easing the regulatory burdens that make starting a new broadband venture costly.

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Q&A With Jannine Miller, Senior Advisor for Rural Infrastructure, USDA: USDA Supports Rural Broadband

The Department of Agriculture experiments with new ways to drive rural broadband deployment.

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Mahaska Communication Group Lights Iowa Towns

Frustrated with its connectivity options, a manufacturer built its own fiber connection. One step led to another, and now the company is changing lives throughout a rural Iowa county.

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Cruzio Launches FTTH In Santa Cruz

Though its planned partnership with the city didn’t materialize, Cruzio now has an ambitious plan to deliver high-speed broadband throughout much of Santa Cruz County.

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Mapping as a Strategic Tool

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative used VETRO FiberMap to reduce troubleshooting time and meet demand for new fiber broadband service.

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Editor's Note: A Tale of Two Nations

A special section on rural broadband will help you prepare for the Broadband Communities Summit.

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Bandwidth Hawk: Rural Broadband: Dividing The Spoils

Do you hope to serve a rural area that already has some broadband service?  Work around it. Literally.

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Buy Local (Including Broadband)

Providing broadband locally – with help from electric utilities – can be a good way to anchor rural economies.

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New Funding For Rural Broadband

The passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act and the opening of a funding window for the ReConnect program will help narrow the rural digital divide.

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