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February 2018

Survey: Service Providers Moving Broadly to Smart Central Offices

New research from IHS Market finds that 85% of service provider networks will have smart central offices by the end of the year.

Smart central offices include servers, storage and switching so that they serve as mini data centers that offer cloud services and provide the network functions virtualization (NFV) infrastructure on which to run virtualized network functions (VNFs) such as vRouter, firewall, CG-NAT and IP/MPLS VPNs.

USDA Awards $23.6 Million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced 72 grants worth $23.6 million in an effort to use eConnectivity to serve rural areas. The grants were made through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program and will support programs aimed at opioid abuse treatment, mental health counseling, job training, and educational and health care opportunities for rural communities.

IT Infrastructure Spending Forecast Shows Cloud's Share Accelerating

The movement of IT from traditional infrastructure to the cloud gained momentum during 2017, according to a new IT infrastructure spending forecast from IDC. The public cloud led the charge.

The firm’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker is expected to find that spending on cloud infrastructure (which includes servers, enterprise storage and Ethernet switches) totaled $46.5 billion last year. 

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Issues New TV White Space Broadband Rules

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has published new model rules for TV White Space (TVWS) technology. The new rules are designed to provide governments, policy makers and regulators with the tools necessary to enable the quick and efficient deployment of TVWS networks to help bridge the digital divide and support the Internet of Things (IoT).


Department of Agriculture's Rural Prosperity Report

Earlier this year, President Trump issued an executive order establishing the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity “to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that impacts agriculture and rural communities.” Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue was selected to serve as the chair. 


5G It Will Be Here Before You Know It

Activity regarding the next generation of wireless, 5G, is building significant momentum. Several tier one carriers have already announced pre-standard trials and there are projections that 5G will be widely available by as early as 2020 – just 3 ½ short years away.

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RTIME - Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & Expo

Tech Advantage - NRECA

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MTA - Annual Convention & Trade Show

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