Rural Broadband Issues
Rural Broadband Adoption
The National Agriculture & Rural Development Policy Center reports on broadband availability and the economic benefits rural communities receive.
Original Intent of the FCC Universal Service Fund
One of the major broadband policy goals of the Obama administration was a complete overhaul of the Universal Service Fund (USF). Why was USF reform necessary, and what was the primary purpose of the original Universal Service Fund?
FCC: Most Significant Policy Step Ever Taken to Connect Americans to Broadband
The FCC recently announced a major overhaul to the existing federal Universal Service Fund ( USF ), shifting funding from telephone subsidies to programs which support broadband services. The program, entitled the Connect America Fund, will focus on providing broadband to unserved Americans, primarily in rural areas.
AT&T Changes Course - Might Upgrade Rural Broadband Infrastructure After All
AT&T Changes Course - Will Upgrade Rural Broadband Infrastructure
Bill To "RESCUE" Rural Telcos from USF Reform
U.S. Congressman Jeff Landry (R-La.) introduces a bill to help rural telcos survive the latest USF reforms.
Opposition to FCC USF Reform Mounts: Several Measures Curb Reform Efforts
One of the major broadband policy goals of the Obama administration was a complete overhaul of the Universal Service Fund. After announcing massive changes to the USF, rural telecommunication carriers expressed concern over the new rules, and a federal lawsuit threatens implementation of the new rules. In addition, a bill to weaken the effect...
NRECA to Congress: Expand Broadband Access to Rural America
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) calls on Congress to focus on broadband access in rural areas.
Broadband Facilitates Rural Healthcare Delivery
Broadband is often an equalizer when it comes to healthcare disparity between rural and urban areas. The FCC reaffirmed it commitment to rural healthcare and telemedicine as it releases a comprehensive report on the use of broadband and rural healthcare.
New Technology Provides Options for Mobile Broadband in Unserved Rural Areas
XG Technology, a Florida based wireless communications company and the developer of a portfolio of wireless communications technologies is marketing a suite of products which they claim will fill a void in the rural mobile broadband market.
AT&T Signals Reconsideration of DSL Service for Rural Broadband
AT&T's announcement of a $14 billion investment plan, dubbed "Project Velocity IP," or "VIP" provides some insight into AT&T's strategy for using IP DSLAMs to expand service and raise speeds for its DSL customers.
AT&T Reconsiders DSL Service for Rural Broadband and Rebrands U-Verse
AT&T reconsiders its rural broadband strategy while rebranding U-Verse with the introduction of Mobile TV.
Is Copper DSL for Broadband Dead?
Broadband providers in the United States are reevaluating plans to utilize copper DSL networks for deployment of broadband infrastructure. Although DSL is limited and expensive to repair and maintain, newer innovations such as IP DSLAM devices and vectoring are breathing new life into copper networks.
Copper DSL for Longterm Broadband Strategy
As broadband providers in the United States reevaluate their plans to use copper DSL for broadband, Deutsche Telekom claims the technology can still serve 90% of users in the near future.