Stories from the Heartland

  • The metaphor of a three-legged stool is what Kevin Larson of CTC in Brainerd, MN uses to describe the sources of revenue for CTC and broadband operators like CTC. He […]

    The Impact of the Broadband Order – Part 2 of 4

    The metaphor of a three-legged stool is what Kevin Larson of CTC in Brainerd, MN uses to describe the sources of revenue for CTC and broadband operators like CTC. He […]

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  • Kevin Larson, GM & CEO of CTC in Minnesota, provides insight on ways independent rural broadband operators can stay competitive in ever more challenging times. He discusses the importance of […]

    Operational Savings and New Revenue – Part 1 of 4

    Kevin Larson, GM & CEO of CTC in Minnesota, provides insight on ways independent rural broadband operators can stay competitive in ever more challenging times. He discusses the importance of […]

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  • Promoting community and economic development is one of the benefits the city of North Liberty, IA is finding with their local content presence. In this exclusive interview, Cheryle Caplinger, Communications […]

    A Cooperative Local Content Solution

    Promoting community and economic development is one of the benefits the city of North Liberty, IA is finding with their local content presence. In this exclusive interview, Cheryle Caplinger, Communications […]

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  • In this world of IP, there are still legacy devices that need to be supported.  Michael Cronin of the Sanford Center in Bejidmi, MN was reminded of this recently, as […]

    New School Fiber Makes Instant POTS Possible

    In this world of IP, there are still legacy devices that need to be supported.  Michael Cronin of the Sanford Center in Bejidmi, MN was reminded of this recently, as […]

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  • Local educators teaching neighbors is what Consolidated Telcom of  Dickinson, North Dakota is enabling with their new $20k grant program. As Rhonda Dukart, marketing and public relations director for Consolidated Telcom, explains, […]

    Local Grants Help Educators Help Community

    Local educators teaching neighbors is what Consolidated Telcom of  Dickinson, North Dakota is enabling with their new $20k grant program. As Rhonda Dukart, marketing and public relations director for Consolidated Telcom, explains, […]

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  • “Building business from within,” is part the strategy that the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce uses to attract and grow jobs within its region, so says Melissa Loken, president […]

    The Heart of Wisconsin

    “Building business from within,” is part the strategy that the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce uses to attract and grow jobs within its region, so says Melissa Loken, president […]

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  • The story of B4RN and Annison shows the importance of local ownership for the creation of broadband networks in even the most remote of locations. It is a story that policy makers in the U.K and around the world should take note of as they as they draft legislation and promulgate rules to ensure broadband for all.

    Fiber by the Community

    The story of B4RN and Annison shows the importance of local ownership for the creation of broadband networks in even the most remote of locations. It is a story that policy makers in the U.K and around the world should take note of as they as they draft legislation and promulgate rules to ensure broadband for all.

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  • Does automation mean a reduction in jobs? Not necessarily, as proven by the this innovative independent telecommunications’ cooperative that built on the productivity gains offered by its Fiber to the […]

    More Efficient and Better Customer Support

    Does automation mean a reduction in jobs? Not necessarily, as proven by the this innovative independent telecommunications’ cooperative that built on the productivity gains offered by its Fiber to the […]

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  • Selling pickaxes to miners is one way to cash in on a gold rush. In the modern-day gold rush that is the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, existing businesses […]

    Fiber to the Gas Station

    Selling pickaxes to miners is one way to cash in on a gold rush. In the modern-day gold rush that is the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, existing businesses […]

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  • Cooperation among infrastructure providers, particularly in rural areas, offers a potential for improving efficiency and creating the opportunity for new revenue sources. In this interview, Ralph Dunn of McMinnville Electric System, […]

    A Cooperative Smart Grid Infrastructure

    Cooperation among infrastructure providers, particularly in rural areas, offers a potential for improving efficiency and creating the opportunity for new revenue sources. In this interview, Ralph Dunn of McMinnville Electric System, […]

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