Joan Engebretson

Universal Service Contribution Factor Surpasses 20% for the First Time, Highest Rate Ever

The proposed Universal Service contribution factor will exceed 20%. It will be 20.1% for the fourth quarter of 2018, according to a new Federal Communications Commission public notice. An FCC spokesperson confirmed that it is the highest ever.

Largest US Wireless ISP Offers Its Take on Suburban Fixed 5G

An interview with Rise Broadband co-founder Jeff Kholer. Rise Broadband is the largest US wireless Internet service provider (ISP). 

Balloons and Drones in Telecom: Consultancy Advises Partnerships with Web Giants

Analytics and consulting firm GlobalData is recommending that telecommunication companies and webscale companies work together to develop communications services based on balloons and drones.

How the Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium Won $186 Million in CAF II Funding for Gigabit Broadband

When 21 rural electric cooperatives decided to submit a joint bid to receive funding for gigabit broadband in the Connect America Fund (CAF) II auction, their reason was a simple one.

Electric Cooperative Gigabit Gains Traction

Electric cooperative gigabit is becoming more commonplace, as news from Aug 28 about four electric cooperative gigabit deployments illustrates.

Will 5G and Smart Cities Go Hand-in-Hand?

5G and smart cities could have a lot of synergies, as research firm Kagan explains in a new research note.

Michigan Broadband Roadmap: Lots of Ideas for Improving Availability, Adoption

A consortium established by Gov Rick Snyder (R-MI) has come up with a wide range of recommendations for increasing broadband availability in the state, which currently ranks 30th among the 50 states in broadband availability and 34th on broadband

Broadband in Rural Higher Education Deserts Can Help Address Digital Divide

Broadband is a critical element of a new approach to rural higher education that aims to combine the best of on-line and in-class teaching techniques to address what some people call rural “higher education deserts.” By using broadband in rural hi

More Google Fiber Deployments? Exec Shares Company’s Vision for New SuperPON Architecture

Google is seeking industry support for a new Google Fiber vision for a passive optical network (PON) fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) architecture that would increase the distance between the central office and the customer, said Claudio DeSanti, architec

USDA $600 Million Rural Broadband Pilot Will Include Loan/ Grant Combinations

Individual service providers will be able to apply for loans, grants or a combination of the two in the upcoming $600 million US Department of Agriculture rural broadband pilot program, said Jannine Miller, senior advisor for rural infrastructure