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NRTC offers Rural Connect as a place for its members and others interested to follow all topics related to communications technology and how it affects rural electric cooperatives and telecommunications providers. NRTC uses this blog to announce and discuss its products and services. NRTC posts all Rural Connect content on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, where you can use the blog to discuss technology, regulatory, legislative and business issues.


Jan 15, 2020
by Matt Timmons
Feasibility studies. Subscriber take rates. Debt-to-equity ratios. Equipment, construction and operational costs. These are just a few of the questions electric cooperatives must answer as they plan entry into the rural broadband business.  NRTC CEO Tim Bryan (pictured standing left) gathered a...
Jan 14, 2020
by Dan Timmer
Effective Jan. 14, 2020, Microsoft is ending technical support and software and security updates for the Windows 7 operating system. The good news for providers reselling NRTC Managed Services subscriber solutions, such as Tech Home and SecureIT, is that we will continue to test these products and s...
Jan 9, 2020
by Randy Sukow
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said yesterday that he has completed a draft order establishing the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), the universal service program to spread broadband to unserved rural areas that will replace Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II. The other four commissioners have received...
Jan 9, 2020
by Dan Timmer
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a bulletin on the National Terrorism Advisory System warning of potential cyberattacks on U.S.-based targets from Iran following recent conflicts in the region. NRTC Managed Services already has helped some members against Iranian attacks and...
Jan 7, 2020
by Randy Sukow
Electric utilities in the Vermont could potentially be the providers of fiber service to many of the state’s more than 80,000 remaining homes and businesses unserved and underserved by broadband, according to a report by the Department of Public Services (DPS). However, the 200-page “Feasibility...
Jan 6, 2020
by Randy Sukow
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) said today that it has brought online the second of two new solar arrays. The opening of a 1.5-megawatt (MW) array in Questa, NM, closely follows another 1.5 MW array launch at the campus of Northern New Mexico Collage in El Rito. The deployments are part of a ...
Dec 30, 2019
by Randy Sukow
U.S. Marine Colonel Matthew Reid, a decorated combat veteran with two deployments to Iraq and another two to Afghanistan, will be the guest speaker at NRTC’s Annual Meeting session for electric members. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. on March 1 at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. ...
Dec 20, 2019
by Randy Sukow
Earlier this week, NRTC hosted a highly informative webcast attracting about 100 participants to learn more about the Citizen’s Band Radio Service (CBRS). The FCC plans to hold an auction in June 2020 for access to 3.5 GHz spectrum, potentially valuable for rural 5G/internet of things (IoT) and fi...
Dec 16, 2019
by Randy Sukow
As we announced earlier, Eric Freesmeier, president of NRTC Broadband Solutions is retiring at the end of 2019. The NRTC Board of Directors during its meeting last week in Scottsdale, AZ, honored Freesmeier for his pioneering part in helping rural electric cooperatives enter the broadband internet b...
Dec 12, 2019
by Steve Pastorkovich
The U.S. Department Agriculture in today’s Federal Register announced the filing deadlines for a second round of Rural eConnectivity (ReConnect) Program support. USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will award $550 million in grants, loans and grant/loan combinations to projects aimed at spreadi...
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