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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…

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.

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…

Executive Summary 802.11ac is the emerging IEEE wireless networking standard that could change broadband service businesses significantly. While this may come in part through higher capacity and higher performance outside plant wireless access networks, the real game-changer for many providers will be inside their customers’ homes. At up to 1.3 Gbps bandwidth, 802.11ac brings wireless…

Not so very long ago, gigabit capable access networks were limited to discussions on PowerPoint slides. Today, telcos, cable companies, cooperatives and municipalities are actively deploying gig-capable networks across the U.S. These ultra-high-speed, low-latency networks are serving urban, suburban and rural areas alike because everyone, everywhere can benefit from their capabilities, including the service providers…