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Google Alert – “new broadband”

April 29, 2018
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New broadband initiative will expand access to thousands on Va. Shore Delmarva Daily Times
Thousands of people on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and in Garrett County, Maryland are set to have broadband access, according to an announcement made jointly Tuesday by Declaration Networks Group Inc. and Microsoft Corporation. The two companies announced an agreement to deliver …

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Wyoming Business Council accepting applications for new Broadband Advisory Council KGWN
The Wyoming Business Council is accepting applications through May 4 for people interested in serving on a newly-formed Broadband Advisory Council. The Wyoming Legislature created the Broadband Advisory Council to expand broadband opportunities in more rural areas of the state. Advisory …

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BSNL’s New Broadband Plan Will Give Free Amazon Prime Subscription For A Year! Trak.in (blog)
BSNL has launched a new broadband plan, called BSNL BBG Combo ULD 700 Amaze, which provides 15GB of data at 10 Mbps speed, and then unlimited data at 2 Mbps. 500 minutes of BSNL to BSNL calls and unlimited free calls between 10.30 PM to 6 AM are also provided in this plan. Sunday free …

BSNL Unveils Rs 995 Broadband Plan With 20 Mbps Speed and 200GB FUPTelecomTalk (blog)
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Myanmar’s broadband price war Frontier Myanmar
Global Technology’s 5BB home fibre service is one of the new broadband players. Its founders, though, are not new to the industry; they were previously involved with Redlink, an ISP that operated on the 2600mhz band but shut down in April 2017 following the spectrum auction. After initially venturing …

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BSNL Launches a New Rs 700 Broadband Plan With Free Amazon Prime Subscription TelecomTalk (blog)
BSNL has just announced a new Rs 700 broadband plan dubbed as BSNL BBG Combo ULD 700 Amaze which offers a 10 Mbps connection, unlimited voice calls and the best part of this plan is the free Amazon Prime Subscription. BSNL is the leading broadband player in the Indian market, and this …

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New Data on Pole Prices Power 5G Debate Light Reading
While a single rate recommendation might be preferable for network operators, it still doesn’t eliminate all of the complexities or inconsistencies involved in deploying new broadband equipment to meet growing network demands. And no matter the outcome of the BDAC proceedings, that’s something …

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Declaration Networks Group and Microsoft announce agreement to deliver broadband internet to … Markets Insider
Ralph Northam said, "As a native of the Eastern Shore, I am thrilled that Microsoft is taking action to bring new broadband connectivity to communities that need it. This new effort, in addition to ongoing efforts in state government, will help bridge the digital divide. Connecting rural communities will help …

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Business Council Accepting Applicants for Broadband Advisory Council SweetwaterNOW.com
The Wyoming Business Council is seeking applicants for the new Broadband Advisory Council to help bring broadband to unserved areas of Wyoming. WYOMING — The Wyoming Business Council is accepting applications through May 4 for people interested in serving on a newly-formed Broadband …

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Would you like a Fitbit with Broadband? Sky UK Launch New Deals ISPreview.co.uk (blog)
Consumers looking to join one of Sky Broadband’s unlimited ISP packages for the first time are now being offered the choice of two rewards, which take the form of either a free Fitbit Charge 2 (RRP £119.99) activity tracker or a £50 Prepaid MasterCard to spend. Apparently this new promotion will run …

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TalkTalk makes ultrafast broadband available to new customers in selected areas Cable
TalkTalk is now offering ultrafast broadband to new customers as part of a trial – but only those living in selected areas will be able to take part. The provider has announced two new broadband plans – Faster 150 Fibre, which offers speeds up to 150Mbps, and double the top speed with Faster 300 Fibre.

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Google Alert – united states broadband infrastructure

April 24, 2018
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Viewpoint: Rural broadband key to infrastructure Grand Forks Herald
Last week’s news that the USDA is working to develop rules for the rural broadband pilot project that Congress authorized in the 2018 omnibus spending bill is a welcome step toward expanding America’s broadband infrastructure. The program, which is a part of President Trump’s infrastructure initiative, …

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How The Digital Divide Dies: Broadband For All Forbes
Right now, there is a patchwork of federal programs tasked with addressing broadband infrastructure. None of them are fully solving the problem. Some of them are well-regarded but just don’t have enough funding. Others, like the Agriculture Department’s Rural Utility Service, are well-documented …

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Broadband is rural crucial The Tand D.com
… connection, making broadband infrastructure a necessity for the next generation of Americans to succeed. The implications of expanded internet access extend to health care as well. Increased access to broadband will improve the reach of telehealth and bring better medical care to rural America, …

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5G to Expand Fixed Wireless Broadband Adoption to generate $45.2 billion in 2022 PR Newswire (press release)
Fixed LTE is mainly deployed for residential broadband service in the areas where fixed broadband infrastructure is poor, enabling operators to provide residential broadband service more cost effectively compared to wired broadband deployment. Lately, United States‘ operator Verizon announced its …

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Letter: Downside of states passing separate net neutrality bills The Mercury News
It may also reduce investment to expand broadband infrastructure for California residents. The bills being considered in Sacramento also ignore that the Federal Communications Commission’s order to remove Depression-era regulations on the internet already includes transparency rules, which require …

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Coalition works to expand rural e-connectivity Virginian-Pilot
Washington, April 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A coalition of stakeholders committed to the expansion of broadband services in rural America today launched the … “Leveraging additional investment in rural broadband infrastructure will require a team effort,” said Sheldon Petersen, CEO of CFC.

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US infrastructure investment key to better jobs, less hunger, Bread for the World recommends National Catholic Reporter
US infrastructure investment key to better jobs, less hunger, Bread for the World recommends … call for infrastructure improvements — including better public transit to link areas of concentrated poverty to job centers, and broadband internet to connect rural Americans with job opportunities — as steps he …

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American innovation can thrive with rural broadband Springfield News-Leader
I see rural broadband as a great equalizer, ensuring all parts of the United States can tap into the internet and unite the urban areas and large swaths … to communities like Rolla, we need a strong internet infrastructure that can only be created with smart broadband policies from the federal government.

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General Assembly looks to ‘bridge the digital divide’ Circleville Herald
CIRCLEVILLE— A bill has been introduced in the Ohio State Senate that would help bring high-speed internet to rural Ohio. … Progress Partnership (P3), Pickaway County’s economic development agency, said having access to better Internet infrastructure is important for Ohio and Pickaway County.

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California net neutrality bill makes it through crucial committee vote StateScoop
[T]hey could open a maze of competing rules that would likely increase the cost of Internet service, create confusion among customers, and diminish investment in the expansion of high-speed broadband infrastructure," said Rob Tappan, a spokesman for Broadband for America. But supporters like Fight …

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Google Alert – “new broadband”

April 22, 2018
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NYC blasts broadband competition shortage as it pursues suit against Verizon Ars Technica
More than two-thirds of New York City’s 3.1 million households have just one or two broadband providers offering service to their homes, according to a new "Truth in Broadband" report issued by the city government. The report comes as NYC pursues a lawsuit against Verizon alleging that it hasn’t met …

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Fixed wireless access – the new broadband? Total Telecom (press release)
We are having trouble showing you adverts on this page, which may be a result of ad blocker software being installed on your device. To view the article please disable any ad blocking software. Since you’re here… …the Telecoms industry is characterised by constant change and evolution. That’s why …

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TIM launches new broadband plans on fibre in Rio and Sao Paulo Telecompaper
TIM Brasil announced the launch of new fixed broadband plans for more than 170 neighborhoods in five cities of the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, including capitals, reports O Estado de Sao Paulo. They will receive fibre plans by the end of the year: today, their number amounts to 17.

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Dennis Kucinich Is Back in the Running The Nation.
And he’s proposing a real response: “a not-for-profit public utility in Ohio, a new broadband service which will dramatically reduce the cost of broadband, and provide a powerful high-speed platform for business growth while establishing net neutrality.” While municipal broadband networks have been …

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Fairlawn Proves This Small Town Knows How to Start Municipal Broadband Efficient Gov (press release) (blog)
… in Ohio in December 2014 was 48th out of 50 states.” Fairlawn is in Northeast Ohio, notorious for digital divide. So, while the town would like the new broadband utility to eventually pay for itself, they did use general funds to start it. According to GovTech, it cost Fairlawn about $10 million in investment.

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New Broadband Non-Reflective GaAs MMIC Switches Cover Frequency Of DC-18 GHz RF Globalnet (press release)
Custom MMIC, a leading developer of performance driven monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), continues to rapidly add to its extensive family of MMIC Switches; with two new GaAs MMIC switches, the non-reflective CMD235C4 and CMD236C4. The CMD235C4 is a DC-18 GHz broadband …

Custom MMIC adds non-reflective GaAs SP5T and SP6T switches spanning DC-18GHzSemiconductor Today
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Oneida County group may get $100000 to expand broadband access WJFW-TV
The original plan was to install 13 new broadband towers and make improvements to others. "I think we’ll probably look at density of areas and where we can get most bang for the buck to be able to choose probably about six or seven sites throughout the county," said Executive Director Roger Luce.

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349 Plan, 30GB Free Data Offer NDTV
Airtel’s all-new broadband plan priced at a monthly rental of Rs. 2,199 offers 1,200 GBs or gigabytes of high speed data, among other benefits. Subscribers also get benefits such as unlimited STD/local voice calls. Customers opting for the plan also get free subscription to Airtel’s OTT or over-the-top apps …

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Rates Exemption To Encourage Broadband Rollout ThisWeekinFM (blog)
Exempting new broadband fibre from business rates will give businesses across England better broadband according to Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Margot James MP and Rishi Sunak MP. The Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2018 paves the way for full-fibre …

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Alliance Broadband Comes Up With 1 Gbps Plan With No FUP Limit in Kolkata TelecomTalk (blog)
Kolkata-based Alliance Broadband has rolled out new high-speed internet packs that offer speeds as high as 1 Gbps. The company has launched amazing offers for both personal and commercial internet users. The company has divided the plans into two types: Truly Unlimited Plans and Fair Usage …

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Google Alert – united states broadband infrastructure

April 17, 2018
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Stimulating Rural Broadband Is Key to American Infrastructure InsideSources
Last week’s news that the USDA is working to develop rules for the rural broadband pilot project that Congress authorized in the 2018 omnibus spending bill is a welcome step towards expanding America’s broadband infrastructure. The program, which is a part of President Trump’s infrastructure …

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Federal funding approved for rural broadband deployment and transportation infrastructure Albert Lea Tribune
Last month, a bill was signed into law that would increase funding for rural broadband deployment and transportation infrastructure. The legislation signed into law reportedly includes $600 million for rural broadband deployment. The signed legislation reportedly includes Klobuchar’s bills to connect …

Lawmakers want Facebook’s help providing rural broadbandCNET
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The Latest: FCC Official Targets Lack of Broadband Parity U.S. News & World Report
The Latest: FCC Official Targets Lack of Broadband Parity. An official with the Federal Communications Commission says investment in broadband infrastructure is critical as it is increasingly determining which cities, towns and tribal nations in the United States will thrive. April 12, 2018, at 1:59 p.m..

FCC official targets lack of broadband parity in tribal areasKOB
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The Agony of Rural America’s Inescapable Broadband Gap Pacific Standard
For a global economy where the Internet penetration remains a major growth determinant, inconsistent wireless and broadband capabilities aren’t just disgraceful—they’re politically inexcusable. As Rick Paulus wrote for Pacific Standard, Internet infrastructure in the United States has always been an …

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Business briefs Press of Atlantic City
FCC official targets lack of broadband parity: An official with the Federal Communications Commission says investment in broadband infrastructure is critical as it is increasingly determining which cities, towns and tribal nations in the United States will thrive. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn addressed a …

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Legislation Hasn’t Solved Indiana’s Rural Broadband Problem, But REMCs Might Indiana Public Media
The influx of federal dollars paved the way for REMCs. SCI President James Tanneberger says he believes his organization is situated to meet the needs of some of the most underserved Hoosiers. SCI announced earlier this month they would begin building out broadband infrastructure to serve their …

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Marino backs nationwide affordable broadband access Ripon Advance
U.S. Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) recently called poor rural broadband internet access in the United States inexcusable. “It is unacceptable that in 21st Century … Donald Trump’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget calls for a $50 billion investment in rural infrastructure, including rural broadband deployment.

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After passing the Missouri House, state Senators consider bill to fund broadband expansion Missourinet.com
Unserved areas lie in geographic spots that are often referred to as the “last mile” of internet infrastructure. Johnson … He further said it would be important to avoid directing any state grant money to any of the numerous broadband expansion programs already in place that are receiving federal dollars, …

State Senators Consider Bill to Fund Broadband ExpansionOzarksFirst.com
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House Members from Across the Country Praise 2018 Farm Bill KTIC
Importantly, the bill also includes critical infrastructure resources for our rural America, such as new incentives to bring more broadband providers to remote areas – something I’ve worked very hard to secure. From the start, I said this committee’s bill should reflect the priorities of rural America, and now …

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What It’s Like to Live in America Without Broadband Internet Motherboard
The federal government and its agencies for years have promised to invest in internet infrastructure, but progress has not been made fast enough for many rural towns. These communities are left to find a way to bridge this divide themselves, lest the gulf between them and the rest of the country expand …

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April 15, 2018
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How A New Broadband Subsidy Could Help Rural Colorado Colorado Public Radio
In rural Colorado, one in four households don’t have high speed internet access. But they’re a step closer thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Hickenlooper earlier this month. The law creates subsidies to bring broadband to rural areas, something supporters say is crucial to economic growth and even …

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2 rural towns pioneer new route to faster internet Bangor Daily News
Previously, pole owners only had to respond to municipalities seeking to put up new emergency communications lines or streetlights. With the new broadband rules, municipalities can’t go it alone, however. They need private companies as partners to actually operate the network, or to “light” the fiber.

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2199 Broadband Plan Offers 1200 GB Data. Other Benefits Here NDTV
Bharti Airtel on Monday announced a new broadband plan priced at a monthly rental of Rs. 2,199 to offer 1,200 GBs or gigabytes of high speed data, among other benefits. Under the new FTTH- or Fiber-To-the-Home-based plan, the Bharti Airtel will offer up to 300 Mbps of internet speed through Wi-Fi, …

Airtel’s new home broadband plan offers 1200GB high speed data, unlimited calling at Rs 2199India Today
Airtel’s new fibre broadband plan brings 300 Mbps download speeds to your homeFirstpost
Airtel to bring 300Mbps FTTH broadband plan with 1200 GB data: Details hereBusiness Standard
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Fibre-to-the-Curb: NBN releases new broadband access technology IT Brief Australia
Businesses and homes can now connect to broadband via Fibre-to-the-Curb access technology. The NBN solution promises fast broadband by connecting fibre to a telecom pit near a driveway outside a home or business. The technology is being designed to deliver access to wholesale speeds of up to …

Telstra to let disgruntled NBN users out of contracts early without feesDaily Telegraph
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Slowing Broadband Growth Lowers Moody’s Cable Subscriber Metric Multichannel News
The slowing pace of broadband is having a big impact on Moody’s Investors Service’s latest cable metric – the Video Replacement Rate, or the pace at which new broadband customers replace lost video subscribers – driving the average VRR for cable operators in Q3 to new lows. According to Moody’s …

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Ofcom’s new regulations are welcomed as operator sets out to improve UK broadband Mobile News
The guidelines, which were drafted on February 23 and reviewed by the European Commission for consultation, came into effect on April 1 with the aim of increasing investment in full-fibre broadband networks and improving the quality of Openreach’s service. Ofcom has challenged BT to open its …

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CenturyLink, Frontier and Windstream to narrow broadband losses in Q1, says analyst FierceTelecom
In 2017, the top cable operators added a total of 868,000 new broadband subscribers, according to LRG Research. Telcos, alternatively, reported that they lost about 625,000 subscribers in 2017. RELATED: From Comcast to Hawaiian Telcom: Tracking the top 16 residential broadband service providers …

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The FCC’s ‘Broadband Advisory Council’ Keeps Losing Members Due To Cronyism Techdirt
Last year, FCC boss Ajit Pai repeatedly hyped the creation of a new "Broadband Deployment Advisory Council" (BDAC) purportedly tasked with coming up with solutions to the nation’s broadband problem. Unfortunately, reports just as quickly began to circulate that this panel was little more than a who’s …

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Maine Towns Put Up Cash for Better Internet Service Government Technology
With the new broadband rules, municipalities can’t go it alone, however. They need private companies as partners to actually operate the network, or to “light” the fiber. The Downeast Broadband Utility eventually will solicit bids for a company to operate the network. With the Downeast utility leading the …

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Ovo beefs up mobile broadband with 150GB prepaid plan on Optus network CRN Australia
Ovo Mobile has continued to beef up its data-heavy offerings with a 150 gigabyte prepaid mobile broadband plan, up from its 100GB plan released last year. The new broadband-only offering will be $89.95 per 30 days on the Optus 4G network with no lock-in contracts. The plan is BYO, but mobile …

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Experienced Advice for New Broadband Program Benton Foundation
It is equally important for the Federal Communications Commission to understand how the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) pilot program funding is being spent. There are several programs that promote and enable broadband deployment and operation within the high-cost or …

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NBN Co launches world-leading broadband access technology to market nbn
The first homes and businesses in Australia to receive the nbn™ Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) access technology can now order services from a choice of internet providers. FTTC delivers fast broadband by connecting fibre to a telecom pit near a driveway outside a home or business. As one of the first …

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Google Alert – united states broadband infrastructure

April 10, 2018
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Soaring ‘SuperTowers’ Aim to Bring Mobile Broadband to Rural Areas IEEE Spectrum
It’s 2018 and more than 16 million people living in the rural United States still lack adequate access to mobile broadband. But building out that infrastructure is an expensive endeavor. One analysis from 2017 estimates it would take 37,500 new cell phone towers and run upwards of $12.5 billion to bring …

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PE-backed Conterra Networks makes two acquisitions PE Hub (blog)
Conterra Networks is one of the largest remaining independent broadband infrastructure companies in the United States based on its fiber assets and revenues. The company is majority owned by Court Square Capital, a private equity firm with approximately $4 billion of assets under management, with …

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US Senate hopeful makes stop in Elkins The Inter-Mountain
“I understand the needs of rural West Virginia in infrastructure, not only as roads and bridges but also water, sewer and broadband,” Jenkins said. “I am making sure the priorities of the federal government recognize the importance of rural America. West Virginia, Randolph County and this entire region is …

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ExteNet Systems Details Its Participation at the 3rd Annual Wireless West Conference PR Newswire (press release)
CHICAGO, April 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ExteNet Systems, Inc., a leading provider of communications infrastructure enabling advanced cellular, wireless and broadband connectivity in urban and rural America, today announced its participation at the Wireless West Conference in Los Angeles, …

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Macquarie Infrastructure (NYSE:MIC) and KPN (KKPNF) Head-To-Head Contrast The Ledger Gazette
KPN logo Koninklijke KPN N.V. provides telecommunications, and information and communication technology (ICT) services in the Netherlands, the Americas, and internationally. It offers fixed and mobile telephony, broadband Internet, and television services to retail consumers; and network related ICT …

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April 8, 2018
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Clearfield Close-Up: A New Broadband Model Light Reading
Clearfield CEO Cheri Beranek talks hybrid open access broadband models and how municipalities can enable incremental investments in network infrastructure so that broadband build-outs don’t break the bank. (0) |. Comment |. Print |. RSS. Comments. Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View ADD …

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New broadband opportunities coming to Belmont County WTOV Steubenville
New broadband opportunities coming to Belmont County. by Anthony Conn. Belmont County Commissioners are excited as broadband internet technology is poised to make strides throughout the county. Service from Agile Networks is now in Belmont County. AA. BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio —. Belmont …

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Monterey to vet local internet company’s financials for new broadband proposal Berkshire Eagle
Monterey to vet local internet company’s financials for new broadband proposal. Posted Sunday, April 1, 2018 3:33 pm. By Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle. MONTEREY — After many twists and turns, the town has a new broadband strategy. In its ongoing effort to get the whole town wired for …

Officials say act will bring high-speed internet to rural areasTuscaloosa News
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Eutelsat Picks Thales for New Broadband Bird Multichannel News
Eutelsat said it’s going with Thales Alenia Space on a new high-capacity broadband satellite that replaces a joint investment Eutelsat had with Viasat for a satellite that was to cover Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The new order is for a next-gen satellite system called Konnect VHTS (Very High …

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Colorado governor signs two bills aimed at increasing state’s rural broadband infrastructure The Denver Channel
Under Senate Bill 2, money will be reallocated from a state fund historically used to fund phone services in rural Colorado and sent to the new broadband investment fund over the next five years. Because Hickenlooper also signed Senate Bill 104, the state will be allowed to seek waivers from the …

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Town to vet local internet company’s financials for new broadband proposal Berkshire Eagle
Town to vet local internet company’s financials for new broadband proposal. Posted Sunday, April 1, 2018 3:33 pm. By Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle. MONTEREY — After many twists and turns, the town has a new broadband strategy. In its ongoing effort to get the whole town wired for …

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County: National Grid gouged broadband fund The Adirondack Daily Enterprise
A crew from Slic Network Solutions installs fiber-optic lines for a new broadband network on Bloomingdale Avenue in the village of Saranac Lake in June 2017. (Enterprise photo — Chris Knight). MALONE — Franklin County legislators slammed National Grid Thursday, accusing the electric company of …

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Governor poised to sign bill to fund broadband today The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Under the bill, 60 percent of whatever money is in the old High Cost Support Mechanism grant fund, which can vary annually but is at about $35 million, would immediately be transferred into the new Broadband Deployment Fund. That transfer amount increases by 10 percent each subsequent year until …

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UK to guarantee access to 10 Mbps broadband Technology Decisions
The UK government has passed new legislation setting the design of the new broadband universal service obligation, which will guarantee everyone in the country has access to affordable broadband speeds of at least 10 Mbps by 2020. The new USO is designed to bring the roughly 5% of the UK that …

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More than half of Brits have suffered problems with their broadband in the last year – here’s how to … The Sun
A NEW broadband contract might catch your eye this Easter bank holiday weekend. But whatever you do don’t jump in. If you’ve got a long time remaining on your current contract, you could have to pay an expensive early cancellation fee, so it could be worth just sticking with your current provider until …

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Google Alert – united states broadband infrastructure

April 3, 2018
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Omnibus earmarks $600 million for rural broadband expansion Agri-Pulse
Bennet also hopes the administration’s promised infrastructure legislation will include substantial funding for rural broadband. But to generate the steady stream of new funding that broadband needs, she’s calling for legislation to rewrite the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules for the …

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Chatham-Kent mayor wants more funding for ultra-high-speed broadband service CTV News
Facilitate the deployment of communications infrastructure by introducing a Broadband Conduit Deployment Act, like that of the United States, to facilitate the faster and lower cost deployment of fibre optic infrastructure by municipalities and TSPs;. · Unlock the tremendous potential of our province and …

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Broadband: Apache County to launch phase one White Mountain Independent
The $11 million Arizona Broadband for Education Initiative is state-funded, however, state monies are being matched dollar-for-dollar with federal dollars to bring broadband fiber … The resulting broadband infrastructure projects will eventually allow rural communities to piggyback on the fiber optic lines.

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Federal omnibus package includes North Country allocations Plattsburgh Press Republican
"As the home of more veterans than any district in New York state, I am also pleased this bill increases funding for our veterans by over $7 billion.” Stefanik also trumpeted increases in federal aid for broadband infrastructure, including $600 million, and $4.7 billion to address the heroin and opioid crisis.

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Federal Omnibus Carves Out Funding for Rural Connectivity Government Technology
The recently signed federal spending package allocates $600 million for rural broadband investment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. … nicely with President Trump’s bold agenda to restore and expand the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, which will include massive investment in rural America.”.

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USDA’s Economic Research Service and The Farm Foundation Collaborate on Rural Infrastructure USDA.gov (press release) (blog)
A Rural America at a Glance chart The most recent edition of Rural America at a Glance highlighted statistics about a key area of rural infrastructure, broadband access and use. Household broadband internet use in rural areas increased from 2 to 61 percent between 2001 and 2015, with most of the …

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Rebuilding Infrastructure in America: The White House Legislative Outline — General Overview … JD Supra (press release)
In early February, the White House released President Donald J. Trump’s legislative goals for rebuilding U.S. infrastructure. Implementation of these goals would … Projects are likely to involve transportation, broadband, water, waste, power, electric and water resources. Transformative Project Program: …

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FCC OKs broadband plan Bend Bulletin
President Donald Trump’s infrastructure proposal lists broadband as eligible for funding, alongside traditional projects like roads and bridges. … For large broadband constellations to deliver services in the United States, the FCC must approve their operations to ensure that the satellites don’t interfere …

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Broadband spurs innovation, economic prosperity, global competitiveness: SWIFT Cartt.ca
Facilitate the deployment of communications infrastructure by introducing a Broadband Conduit Deployment Act, like that of the United States, to facilitate the faster and lower cost deployment of fibre optic infrastructure by municipalities and TSPs; and. 5. Unlock the tremendous potential of (Ontario) and …

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Why Ottawa must continue to invest in wireless technologies The Globe and Mail
As a result, in many European countries that were once leaders in broadband, excessive regulation of access to broadband infrastructure had a devastating impact on investment, network quality and innovation. They are still trying to play catch-up. The world is now on the cusp of the next great wireless …

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April 1, 2018
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TLDR: April Fool’s comes early, new broadband service from SpaceX, Apple AirPods giveaway GeekWire
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TLDR: April Fool’s comes early, new broadband service from SpaceX, Apple AirPods giveawayBrinkwire (press release)
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UK regulator confirms new broadband rules MarketWatch
Ofcom also said it won’t regulate the prices of Openreach’s fastest wholesale products, but said the new rules will include stricter requirements on Openreach to repair faults and install new broadband lines more quickly. When Ofcom published its draft measures in February, BT Group said the new rules …

Ofcom unveils new measures to speed up full-fibre broadband rollouthttp://www.v3.co.uk
Ofcom confirms new broadband rules, won’t regulate fastest Openreach fibreLondon South East (blog)
Ofcom Tweak Final Pricing for Openreach 40Mbps FTTC BroadbandISPreview.co.uk (blog)
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Governor Ivey Signs Alabama Broadband Accessibility Act to provide better internet to rural areas whnt.com
This common-sense legislation will help us attract new broadband to areas that need it most, especially in rural Alabama,” Governor Ivey said. “I congratulate Senator Scofield and Representative Chesteen for a job well done in seeing this bill through the legislature. It is just another step forward as we …

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Alabama passes broadband expansion program StateScoop
A new broadband accessibility grant program in Alabama will seek to spread high-speed broadband across rural and low-income areas of the state. Signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday, AL SB149 authorized the creation of a grant program to be administered by the Alabama Department of …

Incentives bill to encourage rural broadband expansion becomes state lawAlabama Today
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Omnibus earmarks $600 million for rural broadband expansion Agri-Pulse
Congress backed up its acknowledgement by including $600 million “for the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a new broadband loan and grant pilot program under the Rural Electrification Act of 1936.” In an Agri-Pulse interview, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Chief …

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Cortez City Council to vote on broadband pilot program The Journal
During a meeting on Tuesday, the Cortez City Council plans to vote on a resolution that will establish its new broadband pilot program. First discussed before the council during a workshop on March 13, the Cortez Community Network Pilot is designed to test the city’s ability to become an internet …

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UFB: Long waits in Far North corners for ultra-fast broadband New Zealand Herald
UFB: Long waits in Far North corners for ultra-fast broadband. 29 Mar, 2018 1:31pm. 4 minutes to read. A telecommunications technician at work blowing fibre into a new broadband connection, something Far North customers may see in coming years. Photo / File. Northland Age. Share via email Share …

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Omnibus includes broadband package Beckley Register-Herald
According to the release, that funding will be used for a new pilot grant and loan combination program that aims at leveraging $1 billion for new broadband projects. Since 2002, West Virginia has received eight Community Connect awards, including a project in Richwood and two projects in McDowell …

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Rural broadband bill passes Sand Mountain Reporter
This common-sense legislation will help us attract new broadband to areas that need it most, especially in rural Alabama,” Ivey said. “I congratulate Sen. Scofield and Rep. Donnie Chesteen. for a job well done in seeing this bill through the legislature. It is just another step forward as we improve access …

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Got money; want Pennsylvania broadband investors American Agriculturist
Pennsylvania also has rolled out its new Broadband Investment Incentive Program, which offers incentives to private providers willing to invest in underserved and unserved areas. The goal is to expand high-speed internet access to every area by 2022, according to Mark Smith, executive director of the …

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Northland Age NZ Herald
A telecommunications technician at work blowing fibre into a new broadband connection, something Far North customers may see in coming years. Photo / File. Some Far North towns will have to wait until 2022 before they get ultra-fast broadband. Telecommunications company Chorus has released …

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