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FCC increases broadband speeds under CAF

Rural Consumers Must Receive Broadband Delivering At Least 10 Mbps Downloads, 1 Mbps Uploads from Providers Who Benefit from Connect America Support

Broadband for rural consumers that is supported by the Connect America Fund must deliver the same speeds that 99% of urban Americans enjoy, the Federal Communications Commission said in an Order adopted December 11, 2014.


This is a community

The ERC is very thankful. And, it’s not to do with this time of year. We are thankful for each of you – our customers, our partners, our vendors, our subcontractors, our advisors, our friends. By working with us, each of you help us succeed. The ERC has long touted itself as a community network. Like the Internet, ERC Broadband is comprised of all our connections throughout communities across western North Carolina. Each connection we make, each extension of the network infrastructure, each new drop enables us to serve you – the communities in which we work – better.

For this and so much more, please accept this brief note as a heartfelt ‘thank you’.

-Hunter Goosmann


Cleveland lights up Internet highway

The 100-gigabit network will provide the fastest commercial internet capacity in the nation, according to the city. It will be operational next year in a slice of Cleveland that stretches from the Global Health Innovation Center downtown to Case Western Reserve University. Those involved say it’ll put Cleveland in a unique position to serve the health and technology sector and attract new business.


FCC weighs laws blocking local Internet providers from competing with telecoms

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has a problem. By 2015, the regulator wants at least one city in every state to have super-fast internet. The companies that provide that service? Not so much.

As he contends with calls from from no less than President Obama to mandate net neutrality, Wheeler is reviewing a challenge to state laws that have blocked municipalities from starting – or expanding – their own internet services. The attack is led by municipally owned internet service providers (ISPs) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Wilson, North Carolina: cities with lightning-fast internet speeds of one gigabit a second, about 50 times better than the US average. Neighbors in rural counties want to sign up, and that’s where the trouble starts.


The 10 Most Bizarre and Annoying Causes of Fiber Cuts

Level 3’s Fred Lawler blogs about the most common, bizarre, and annoying causes of fiber cuts. It’s an entertaining read.