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FCC denies RDOF funding for Starlink, LTD Broadband

Starlink had won projects worth nearly $900 million; LTD was the biggest winning bidder in the RDOF auction Starlink and LTE Broadband have lost federal subsidies worth more than $2 billion, after the Federal Communications Commission rejected their respective applications to provide high-speed broadband services...

FCC commits additional funding to close the ‘homework gap’

FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel coined the term 'homework gap' in 2012 to describe the difficulty millions of students have when completing online school assignments The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week announced additional funding for digital student services totaling more than $77 million. The funds are...

RINA Wireless goes cloud-native with Mavenir

Mavenir says its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) will help rural carrier service RINA better scale to 5G services.

Nokia offers network in a box for rural broadband

Nokia said it has set aside 25 network in a box FTTH kits with everything rural broadband operators need to hook up to 1,000 homes.

How CBRS is closing the digital divide in rural communities (Reader Forum)

Remote communities stand to benefit from new era in network technology The digital divide is a serious issue in the U.S., with millions of people still unable to experience the benefits of reliable, high-speed broadband access. As a result, those without an internet connection can...

FCC proposes faster speeds for rural broadband program

The Federal Communications Commission is considering modifying the rules for one of its high-cost rural broadband deployment programs to support 100/20 Mbps service. The agency has opened public comment on a proposal that would increase available support to some of the smallest, most rural...

FCC authorizes another $200 million for RDOF deployments

The Federal Communications Commission has authorized nearly $200 million from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund for broadband deployments in 26 states and the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory. The agency said that the funding, which will be extended over the next 10 years,...

Ericsson selected by IEC for rural connectivity project in Illinois

The project, first deployed in the fourth quarter of 2021, is part of the FCC's Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF-II) Illinois-based electric service provider Illinois Electric Cooperative (IEC) has selected Ericsson — by way of a partnership established with XtremeLTE in 2019 — to...

‘We have to close the digital divide, period’: Commerce Secretary gives some additional details on broadband implementation

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo discusses the $65 billion in broadband funding While the $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal that has passed Congress has yet to be signed, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo spoke yesterday about the planning that is already going on to prepare for...

Bharti Airtel, Ericsson, carry out 5G trial in rural India

Indian telecommunications operator Bharti Airtel and Ericsson have conducted what they claim is India’s first 5G network demonstration in a rural geography, the latter said in a release. The demonstration took place in the village of Bhaipur Bramanan village, on the outskirts of Delhi. Airtel noted...

How a crowdsourcing model allowed C Spire to offer broadband to ‘the masses’

In a crowdsourcing model, the carrier actively solicits interest in broadband service among communities Established as a wireless company in 1988 under the name Cellular South, C Spire primarily provides broadband service throughout most of Mississippi and parts of Tennessee and Alabama. The regional carrier...

Mediacom taps Ericsson for rural CBRS fixed wireless

Mediacom began testing CBRS applications in 2019, and spent almost $30 million for 576 licenses in the PALs spectrum auction As the U.S. government funnels billions of dollars into rural broadband, Ericsson and Mediacom Communications have announced a partnership aimed at extending broadband services...

‘The missing piece:’ What is the third-party enablement business model for rural broadband?

C Spire's technology strategy lead: 'No one does rural broadband particularly well' In a two-year research project of the Rural Broadband Consortium, C Spire led a group of companies that included Nokia, Microsoft, Facebook and others to explore the challenges of cost-effective rural broadband deployment,...

Editorial Report: Rural Broadband in the real world: How one operator is tackling the digital divide

The need for ubiquitous, reliable connectivity was brought into sharp focus throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, funding for rural broadband has become a priority for many governments around the world. But the true burden still falls on service providers, which are now...

How does C Spire handle the growing need for network security in rural broadband deployments?

C Spire's Chief Information Security Officer: 'Security needs to be aware of where the business is going' For a long time, increasing network availability and speed has dominated the rural broadband conversation; those aspects continue to be part of the ongoing debate around the pending...

Fujitsu selected to take part in Canada’s Connected Coast project

The Connected Coast project aims to bring high-speed Internet to remote communities along coastal BC, Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Island Fujitsu Network Communications’ hardware and software services have been chosen by the CityWest Connected Coast Network Corporation and Strathcona Connected Coast Network Corporation for the Connected Coast project to bring high-speed...

Bell Canada, Casa Systems partner on 5G fixed wireless, bringing more broadband to rural communities

The Bell Canada and Casa Systems partnership is expected to result in North America’s largest 5G sub-6 GHz fixed wireless deployment Casa Systems and Bell Canada have teamed up to provide new 5G sub-6 GHz high-gain outdoor consumer premise equipment (CPE) for Bell's Wireless Home...

Race, income are key digital divide indicators, according to survey

Allconnect's survey suggests that black, Hispanic Americans are significantly more likely than white Americans to not have internet connection A survey conducted by Allconnect, an online broadband marketplace, revealed that race and income are the biggest factors that determined if a household had adequate internet...

Alaska’s GCI expands satellite capacity, completes survey for subsea fiber project

Alaskan network operator GCI has signed a new, $150 million deal with Intelsat to expand GCI's available capacity for satellite-based services. GCI has offered satellite service for nearly three decades, and the telco says that the deal continues its access to both C-band and...

#TBT: Racing to standardize IoT; FCC dips its toes into rural broadband; Dish eyes spectrum auctions … this week in 2014

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! IoT consortia jockey...

Two challenges that come with expanded broadband services

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an intensified focus on broadband availability, as people around the world turned to online services to stay connected, work and learn. Terry Young, who is director of service provider and 5G product marketing for A10 Networks, sees the...

Central Iowa will be home to PAWR’s rural broadband testbed

A research wireless network testbed for rural broadband and related use cases will soon cover roughly 600 miles of central Iowa, including half a dozen communities, multiple school districts and the University of Iowa campus in Ames, Iowa. The fourth and only rural testbed...

Kagan: Rural wireless next focus of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile US

Wireless carriers like Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile have seen growth in urban areas and cities for many years. Rural America has not been the primary focus, but that is starting to change. Going forward it looks like all three carriers are starting...

Editorial Report: Building a future-ready rural broadband infrastructure

The need to invest in rural broadband infrastructure and bridge the digital divide isn’t a new ambition in the U.S. but the critical need for ubiquitous, reliable connectivity has been brought into sharp relief throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, federal officials made emergency...

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