Adtran Powers Iowa Rural Broadband Initiatives
OmniTel Communications now is serving rural areas in Iowa via a partnership with Adtran and using its Total Access broadband platform. As a RUS grant winner in the national Broadband Stimulus program, OmniTel also is helping to implement the statewide broadband initiative mandated by the Iowa Broadband Deployment Governance board. Adtran’s FTTH services offer provisioning and virtually unlimited network bandwidth, the company notes.

Georgia State Adds Second Fiber-Optic Ring
Georgia State University expanded its agreement with Southern Telecom, resulting in the installation of the university’s Northern Fiber Optic Ring and extending the Southern Fiber Optic Ring Southern Telecom created for the university several years ago. The carrier leveraged its inventory of existing Atlanta central-business-district ducts and expanded its duct system reach to build the redundant, 432-count, backbone fiber-optic network for the school. The Northern Ring complements the existing Southern Ring by connecting 13 additional buildings to the campus network footprint.

German Wi-Fi Network Provides World-Cup Benefits
Fon, the Spain-based global Wi-Fi network provider, and Deutsche Telekom plan to build Germany’s largest Wi-Fi network, dubbed WLAN TO GO, that will launch this summer. To join the network, DT subs will sign up to the Fon service and share the unused capacity of their Internet connection with others. By doing this, they get free access to millions of Fon hot spots around the world. The partners say sharing creates two networks: a private one, accessible only inside the home, and a public one shared with other members of the network. Here’s the initial big draw: DT customers who opt for WLAN TO GO and who are going to the World Cup next year can share their pictures and videos for free.

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FCC Seeks Comment on NAB NextGen Petition

The FCC Media Bureau is seeking comment on NAB’s petition regarding the treatment of multicast streams under the NexGen TV local simulcasting rules.

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