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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.


Apr 2, 2020
by Randy Sukow
If you’re one of the many employees of NRTC member companies finding yourself working from home day after day for the first time in your life, it might take a little time getting used to it. If you’re a manager trying to maintain a group of employees as a cohesive unit, the challenge is that muc...
Apr 2, 2020
by Randy Sukow
As with all walks of life, the COVID-19 pandemic is presenting broadband providers with unprecedented challenges. Millions of people nationwide are turning to work from home and distance learning for the first time. The level of internet traffic has surged and demand for home installation has increa...
Mar 31, 2020
by Randy Sukow
The FCC’s new task force examining ways to bring more broadband capacity to rural America to support precision agriculture technologies met for the second time recently. It was an all-online affair as the current COVID-19 quarantines prevented task force members from flying to Washington, DC, and ...
Mar 26, 2020
by Randy Sukow
As a large portion of the nation’s workforce remains at home and laboring as efficiently as they’re able over the internet, online crooks are finding ways to take advantage of the situation. NRTC Managed Services this week is sending a warning to its members to watch out for the scams. “These...
Mar 25, 2020
by Randy Sukow
The FCC said today that is delaying the start date for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) auction from June 25 to July 23. The auction is for Priority Access Licenses (PALs) in the 3550-3650 MHz band. CBRS PALs are a major part of the Commission’s plans to open mid-band spectrum to suppo...
Mar 25, 2020
by Randy Sukow
President Trump on Monday signed the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act (Broadband DATA Act, S. 1822), a rare piece of communications legislation in that it attracted bipartisan support. The bill’s passage reflects the near universal agreement that the FCC needs more ...
Mar 19, 2020
by Randy Sukow
Today, NRTC announced that it has acquired CrowdFiber, a Rome, GA-based software leader in broadband marketing and online sales automation. CrowdFiber excels at using analysis of geographic areas to plan business and marketing strategies. Many NRTC telco and electric members are already CrowdFiber c...
Mar 17, 2020
by Randy Sukow
NRTC organized and led three well-attended panel sessions at the NRECA TechAdvantage conference in New Orleans earlier this month. We are pleased that NRECA is allowing our members to link to audio recordings if all three of those sessions. When you click the links below, the web site will ask you t...
Mar 17, 2020
by Randy Sukow
The FCC this morning released a “preliminary list” and map of the census blocks across the nation that will be eligible for funding through the Oct. 22 Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) reverse auction. These are the locations that the FCC believes are unserved by 25/3 Mbps service, based on...
Mar 13, 2020
by Randy Sukow
Two NRTC board members were among the rural agribusiness leaders the FCC named today to working groups within its Task Force for Reviewing Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture. Jimmy Todd (pictured left), CEO and general manager, Nex‐Tech, Lenora, KS, will serve on the workin...
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