Approximately 30% of U.S. households in remote and rural communities still lack access to high speed broadband, and availability of fixed terrestrial broadband services in rural America continues to lag behind urban and suburban areas at all speeds. Rise Broadband has leveraged private equity investments to acquire 100+ smaller operators since its founding in 2006, and is now the largest U.S. Wireless Internet Service Provider with approximately 200,000 subscribers in 16 mid and western states.
Boulder is primed to pump the brakes on its effort to establish citywide broadband, with those closest to the issue urging that the City Council delay any potential ballot measure asking voters to approve new funding for the project. Rise Co-founder states that new technology is evolving and (the city has to) understand what technology is coming before deciding on the best broadband vehicle to provide for Boulder citizens.
Rise Broadband is trying to help close the digital divide by offering competitively-priced broadband to mostly rural homes and businesses. The 3.5 GHz band would connect not only the unconnected and the underserved in the rural areas but also provide a competitive choice for business and homes in suburban areas.
A group of 17 entities, including Google, Boingo Wireless, Microsoft, American Tower and Rise Broadband, sent a letter to the FCC urging the commission to stick to the rules it…for the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) band. Rise has made quite an investment in the 3.5 GHz band and it’s concerned that if the FCC were to change the rules, it would undermine its efforts.
Broadband internet in rural or suburban communities is a bigger issue than most local governments can handle. Yet Rise Broadband can build its (fixed) wireless networks for one-fifth the cost of wired internet providers. Once equipment is on a tower or home, Rise has few maintenance expenses besides periodic upgrades to a tower’s capacity.
Rise Broadband and other members of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance wants the FCC to end uncertainty around the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) space so companies can deploy networks.
Executives at Rise Broadband and Ruckus Wireless are among those concerned the FCC might decide to restructure the rules for the 3.5 GHz spectrum band. Rise reinforced its support for existing rules regarding 3.5 GHz spectrum which will enhance future fixed wireless broadband service.
Rise Broadband has launched new Alliance Channel Partner programs aimed at identifying, recruiting, motivating and compensating master agents, broadband resellers and aggregators. These programs give Rise’s partners a new product that fills a gap in most agents/partners’ connectivity product portfolios as well as the tools and resources they need to be successful.
Rise Broadband: Fixed 5G Broadband Has Real Rural Challenges by Joan Engebretson Despite increased interest in fixed 5G on the part of the nation’s largest carriers, it’s still not a great choice for rural areas, said Jeff Kohler, co-founder of rural broadband wireless network operator Rise Broadband, in an interview with Telecompetitor. In discussing fixed […]
CED BRIEFS: Rise Broadband, Teleste, Ting Internet Laura Hamilton Editor – @cedmagazine Full Bio > January 20, 2017 Rise Broadband extended its communications network in 10 markets in conjunction with the FCC’s Connect America Fund program. Market areas include communities in Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Illinois, and Kansas. “Because we deliver internet/phone service through a wireless […]