Joan Engebretson

Economists Put the Tab at $61 Billion to Bring Fiber Broadband to Rural US

The cost to deploy fiber to unserved US rural areas is about $61 billion, said Jim Stegeman, president of CostQuest Associates, an economic consultancy that specializes in telecommunication.

Windstream, USTelecom Reach Telecom Unbundling Compromise; Is UNE Era Set to End?

Windstream and USTelecom have reached a compromise agreement involving telecommunication unbundling that would offer an alternative to a filing made by USTelecom back in May.

FCC Chairman Pai Gets Political on USF Funding Cuts

When the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC) issued budget figures for the Universal Service Fund (USF) high-cost program, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai took the opportunity to blame USF funding cuts on the previo

AT&T: Transition from Legacy DSL Largely Complete, Fiber Broadband Penetration Nearing 50% in Many Areas

AT&T now has more than five times fewer legacy DSL customers than it did four years ago.

Microsoft Airband Project Gains Another Partner, Targets Rural Virginia Fixed Wireless Project

Microsoft and Declaration Networks Group are partnering on a project to bring fixed wireless broadband to 65,000 people on Virginia’s eastern shore over the next three years.

USDA's Rural Utilities Service Takes a New Approach to Broadband Loan Applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has begun accepting RUS broadband loan applications for fiscal year 2018.

Behind Dueling AT&T, Verizon Public Safety Core Network Announcements

In separate announcements, AT&T and Verizon provided launch details for core networks to support mobile broadband service for public safety users. A key capability of both the AT&T and Verizon public safety offerings is to prioritize publi

FCC Proposes $500M Rural Broadband Funding Injection

Federal Communications Commission rural broadband funding could increase by over $500 million if the commission votes to adopt an order circulated by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

President Trump Rural Broadband Initiatives: Where’s the Beef?

President Donald Trump’s address about economic issues facing rural America at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention touched on Trump rural broadband initiatives.

What If, As Rumored, the FCC Broadband Speed Definition is Lowered?

The Federal Communications Commission could vote as soon as Feb or earlier to reduce the speed required for an internet connection to be considered broadband for purposes of the FCC’s annual broadband progress report.