Texas-New Mexico Power dumps T1 lines, deploys microwave backhaul

Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP), a community-based electrical power generation and distribution company serving more than 216,000 subscribers in Texas and 490,000 subscribers in New Mexico, is dumping its T1 lines and replacing them with microwave backhaul systems from Exalt Communications. TNMP hired Houston-based telecommunications and IT engineering firm Lockard & White to assist in design, […]

RUS broadband grant awardee seeks consultant

A company that has been awarded an RUS grant for rural broadband under Round 1 of BIP is looking for a consultant who is experienced in RUS grants to help them comply with the rules for allowable costs, cost allocation, market pricing, and more. If you are an experienced RUS consultant, please email me with the appropriate […]

NTIA awards final round one BTOP grants to One Economy, Digital Bridge and others

The NTIA announced 9 recipients of BTOP grants today totalling $114 million. Among the big winners are One Economy ($28.5 million), the Washington Public Utility district of Pend Oreille County ($27.2 million), Virginia’s Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative ($19 million), Puerto Rico’s Critical Hub ($25.8 million) and Digital Bridge ($4.4 million). Today’s announcement marks the final […]

FiberFête Conference Starts Tuesday, 20 April 2010 in Lafayette, Louisiana

Technology and Community Leaders to Dream up Possibilities for Our Most Wired Cities I will be attending FiberFête on April 20-22 at Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) in Lafayette to celebrate the city’s deployment of a community-owned fiber network. FiberFête brings global technology entrepreneurs and activists together with local community leaders to explore how fiber […]

Allegiance Communications gets $28.6 million broadband grant for fiber deployments

The NTIA has awarded a $28.6 million BTOP grant to Allegiance Communications to deploy a new fiber optic network over 680 miles in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The project intends to directly connect more than 70 community anchor institutions to the broadband network, including city halls, police stations, fire stations, libraries, schools, and a […]