ePaper: RLECs and Muni Broadband


  This New Edge “E-Paper” explores opportunities for rural communications providers in municipal broadband network initiatives. This two-part article is intended to be an open source document to which readers are encouraged to comment and contribute. The author thanks Dave Brodin of Smithville Fiber for his contributions. A list of selected bibliographic references and source materials can be found at the bottom of this page.

RTIME Kicks Off in Florida

The 2016 Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & EXPO (RTIME) got underway Sunday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as more than 2,000 NTCA members registered at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort for a full day of activities. Attendees took part in educational sessions, sightseeing tours of the Kennedy Space Center and winter park, and the welcome reception.

TECO Reaches Milestones in 2015

The Telecommunications Education Committee Organization (TECO), the voluntary, nonpartisan political action committee (PAC) of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, is an important element of the association’s advocacy program. Established in 1969, TECO accepts voluntary contributions from authorized individuals associated with NTCA member companies and then distributes these funds to worthy federal congressional candidates. By 2015 year-end, TECO raised more than $281,000—far surpassing its fundraising goal of $275,000.  In addition, this total represents the highest amount ever raised by the PAC in a single year


Welcome to Exchange Blog

Welcome to the new Exchange blog. We moved out of print and into this new online format. Here, you’ll find the same Exchange content you’ve grown accustomed to in Rural Telecom magazine—but with expanded coverage in this timely, multimedia format.

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