Broadband

Hunter Participates in the Affordable Connectivity Program

May 10, 2022

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is the FCC’s new program to help low-income households gain access to broadband in order to work, learn, and get healthcare. Replacing the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, ACP is the long-term fund for internet affordability provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.  While ACP uses a similar framework to…

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Douglas County, Oregon Creates $28M Economic Impact with Fiber Each Year

May 10, 2022

The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) today announced the first of its Broadband Community Profiles designed to uncover the economic and societal impact that fiber broadband is having on rural communities across North America. The research, conducted by Futuriom Research, shows that Douglas County, Oregon, served by ISP Douglas Fast Net (DFN), has successfully leveraged fiber broadband to create jobs, improve quality…

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Hunter Communications Acquires OnlineNW and XS Media

January 5, 2022

This acquisition means better, more reliable internet access to more Oregonians On December 31, 2021, Hunter Communications, Oregon’s largest privately owned fiber-optic internet provider, announced that it has acquired McMinnville Access Company LLC, the parent company to OnlineNW and XS Media.    “This acquisition is a significant milestone to bringing better internet service to underserved Willamette Valley communities,” said Michael Wynschenk,…

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Ziply™ Fiber Unveils Its “Silicon Forest Ring” Connecting Major Data Centers in Hillsboro and Portland; Adds Redundant Dark Fiber Paths to Seattle

November 3, 2021

Ziply™ Fiber today (October 28, 2021) announced the completion of its new high-count fiber-optic ring connecting 11 major data centers in Hillsboro to one another and into downtown Portland, OR. The project, which began in 2020 and which Ziply Fiber nicknamed its Silicon Forest Ring, New high-count fiber-optic ring improves capacity, speed, and latency for…

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Invitation to sponsor the Community Website Partnership

November 3, 2021

Greetings! Today you and your business are invited to partner with the Community Website Partnership to connect rural Oregonians and strengthen rural communities through technology.  Our nonprofit organization helps rural communities to be informed and resilient as recently featured in the Southern Oregon Business Journal: https://southernoregonbusiness.com/community-website-partnership-informing-inspiring-and-pro moting-resilience-in-rural-oregon/.  By embracing diversity and offering specialized technical support…

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Who is Chris Tamarin?

November 1, 2021

By Jim Teece, Joe Franell and Kim Tamarin Chris Tamarin is a very private man. “He is quiet”, yet since at least 2006, he has blessed those of us in the audience with a booming and powerful voice as he moderates parts of the Oregon Connection Conference.  He retired from his job as Telecommunications Strategist…

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Community Website Partnership: Informing, Inspiring, and Promoting Resilience in Rural Oregon

October 6, 2021

By Brooke Nuckles Gentekos and Rhianna Simes, M.S. Ed. When the wildfires ravaged Southern Oregon in 2020, folks living in rural areas did not know where to turn for current information and updates. Rural residents from the Illinois Valley searched for news from the larger nearby towns, but could not find updates that were impacting…

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Remembering Jeff Rhoden

October 5, 2021

7/24/1972-8/4/2021 By Jeff Rhodenvia his LinkedIn Profile After a two week battle with COVID, 49 year old Jeff Rhoden passed away. He is survived by his wife and 4 children and left a huge hole in southern Oregon. Jeff was a community minded Telecommunications Business Entrepreneur and will be greatly missed. Below is his self…

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Remembering Greg Palser

October 5, 2021

9/12/1952-7/12/2021 By Ed Parker Greg Palser was a smart entrepreneur who pioneered the way to use public fiber-optic cable to expand broadband services to rural Oregon communities. He started an internet access company in Newport Oregon in the early 1990s. He understood the limitations of dial-up internet access and the benefits of broadband for rural…

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Meet the NWTA 
Northwest Telecommunications Association

October 5, 2021

The NWTA (Northwest Telecommunications Association) is an industry association created by small competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) in Oregon with the intent to serve CLECs in Oregon, Washing and Idaho.  It was formed in 2010 as a 501(c)(6).  The NWTA telecommunication provider members deliver service over wireless, copper, coaxial and over 6,000 miles of fiber…

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SOREDI Spotlight on Innovative Internet

October 5, 2021

By Abigail SkeltonProject Managersoredi.org In late 2019, SOREDI (Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc.) and numerous partner agencies participated in the creation of a robust and updated regional strategy for the benefit of all Southern Oregon. One of the tactics outlined in this One Rogue Valley Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS, 3.4) is: Support expanded…

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Our Digital Imperative

October 5, 2021

By Rey RamseyFounder and CEOcentri-tech.com In this Digital Age, Americans must decide whether we want an economically inclusive society where all people have the essential assets to sustain and advance themselves, or the status quo, that allows so many to fall outside of the economic mainstream. In an information-driven society, everyone needs the capacity to…

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