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USDA e-connectivity toolkit offers rural broadband resources

The U.S. Department of Agriculture launched a new "e-connectivity" toolkit to support the deployment of high-speed Internet service in rural communities. The toolkit features 27 USDA programs meant to facilitate the expansion of broadband, including grants, loans and technical ass...

Senators ask the FCC to investigate wireless carrier throttling

Three senators asked the FCC "to investigate whether U.S. wireless carriers are throttling popular applications without telling customers." The request came following a Bloomberg report that the largest U.S. telecom companies are slowing internet traffic to and from apps such as Y...

Huawei likely faces 5G ban in Canada, security experts say

Security experts say that Canada will "probably ban Huawei Technologies Co. from its 5G network…though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may delay the decision as long as possible to avoid jeopardizing three Canadians detained in China." Canada would join countries including th...

We need a national rural broadband plan

Assistant professor at the University of Virginia Christopher Ali wrote an op-ed in the New York Times calling for a national rural broadband plan. Ali highlighted that the lack of a national rural broadband policy is causing the United States to lose the global competition in com...

Powell may ‘start small’ with fiber-optics deal

Powell, OH, is "considering an agreement that would give the city its first fiber connection." The city’s operations committee reviewed a proposal from Consolidated Electric Cooperative "that would see Powell spending $81,650 to connect to an existing fiber-optic network for...

At Nebraska Legislature, wireless companies and cable providers spar over technology key to 5G

Officials representing Nebraska cities and cable companies spoke to state lawmakers about getting higher-speed 5G internet service in cities like Omaha and Lincoln. Speaking on its readiness for 5G, State Sen. Curt Friesen said that "Nebraska is losing ground to other states and c...

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