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Closing the digital divide and bringing rural American’s the broadband they need and deserve is a challenging task. The geographic areas that contain unserved and underserved broadband is vast. To solve this problem, we need all the partnerships we can muster. One of the most promising partnerships for this challenge is between rural telecom providers…

IntroductionBroadband service delivered via fixed wireless has a long and rich history here in the U.S. and abroad. Its popularity and interest continue to rise. Fixed wireless access (FWA) draws interest and attention because of relatively favorable network economics, when compared to more expensive wireline options. The historical context and growth of FWA has centered…

Nobles County in Minnesota is not unlike many small and rural communities throughout Minnesota and the U.S. Full of hard-working proud people who enjoy the rural lifestyle and the quality of life it enables. But unfortunately, Nobles County also experienced a reality that is all too often part of the fabric of too many rural…

Whether you’re a rural electric cooperative, a municipality, telecommunications or another organization exploring fiber opportunities, your goal is the same: find the optimal way to bring high-speed broadband to your community, constituents or customers. In this e-book we will review: The Universal Challenge; The Solution; Build the Business Case; Find Funding; Identify a Technical Approach; The Finley Approach. Download >>>

Expanding quality broadband access to all parts of rural America has become a critical public policy objective for the U.S. Broadband access is now considered a critical utility, equal to electricity or water, for any community, giving it a chance to participate and thrive in the global economy. Increasingly, rural electric cooperatives are seen as a necessary participant to help achieve this important objective.

The Co-op’s Broadband Plan For Success In the battle to deploy broadband, cooperatives (coops) can be a decisive force to cover the rural flanks in states with aggressive broadband adoption goals such as California, New York, and Minnesota. In the more rural states, or ones without stated commitments to broadband, co-ops may have to carry…

According to a March 2018 report, “Broadband Loan and Grant Programs in the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service,” prepared by the Congressional Research Service for members of Congress, concern has been raised over the “digital divide” between rural and urban or suburban areas with respect to broadband deployment. “While there are many examples of rural communities…

Considerations Before Initiating a Feasibility Study Support for broadband deployment in rural America continues to grow as evidenced by public meeting notices or a quick scan of the internet, Twitter and other social media. And according to the FCC, while public and private sector initiatives are growing in number, there still lacks enough advancement in…

Background A growing number of municipals and local government affiliated entities are exploring the role of broadband in their respective communities. Many are choosing to facilitate the upgrade of existing networks or even building and operating new broadband networks. This whitepaper outlines and discusses this growing trend and offers insight into potential partnership opportunities presented…

What is Next-Gen Gigabit Wi-Fi? As broadband carriers expand bandwidth capabilities to residential and small- to medium-sized business customers up to a full Gigabit, Wi-Fi technology must follow suit for end users to reap the full benefit of all that bandwidth. Fortunately, next-generation Wi-Fi, officially known as 802.11ac or Gigabit Wi-Fi, is enabling complete end-to-end…