RS Fiber Receives Innovation Award

September 28th, 2016|Announcements, News, RS Fiber News|

Winthrop, MN – RS Fiber Cooperative (RS Fiber) has been presented with the Community Broadband Innovative Partnership Award by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Board of Directors. The award was accepted on behalf of RS Fiber by Winthrop EDA Director, Mark Erickson, atNATOA’s 36th Annual Conference [...]

RS Fiber Plans to Expand Network in 2016

April 14th, 2016|News|

(For Immediate Release 4/14/2016) Winthrop, MN – RS Fiber Cooperative (RS Fiber) has begun the 2016 construction season with plans to expand the fiber-optic broadband network that was activated last year in parts of Renville and Sibley Counties. Work began last week in Green Isle on the final portion of [...]

Economic Development and Fiber

April 25th, 2015|News, RS Fiber News|

Economic Development and Fiber Doug Dawson, CCG Consulting The city of Gaylord, Minnesota just announced that a medical school is going to be built there. Gaylord is a small city in a rural county in Minnesota that is known more for growing Del Monte corn and producing ethanol than they [...]

Broadband and Real Estate

April 21st, 2015|News|

Broadband and Real Estate Doug Dawson, CCG Consulting If you work at home then having broadband is no small matter – it’s your lifeline. This is what I find so dreadful about the thousands of rural communities with little or no broadband. The people in those places do not have [...]

Hiawatha Broadband going gig speed in MN

April 15th, 2015|News|

Hiawatha Broadband going gig speed in MN Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine The RS Fiber Cooperative and Hiawatha Broadband Communications plan to bring a new fiber network to Minnesota with the help of Calix systems and software. The new gigabit service will be deployed across four counties in south central Minnesota. [...]

Sorry, America: Your Wireless Airwaves are Full

March 15th, 2012|News|

David Goldman @CNNMoneyTech The problem, known as the "spectrum crunch," threatens to increase the number of dropped calls, slow down data speeds and raise customers' prices. It will also whittle down the nation's number of wireless carriers and create a deeper financial divide between those companies that have capacity and [...]

Why do we need all that bandwidth?

August 30th, 2010|News|

Fiber To The Home Council Website If all you want to do is surf web pages, download a few songs, send and receive some photographs, or watch streaming video at current picture quality levels, then the bandwidth provided by today’s cable modems and DSL services is probably good enough for [...]

Fiber To The Home Summary Sheet

June 30th, 2010|News|

The Blandin Foundation has awarded the cities a $40,000 matching grant to conduct a feasibility study for a Fiber To The Home (FTTH) network. The Sibley County Commissioners have provided a $40,000 match for the communities in Sibley County. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE

Hey, Google Fiber Losers: Build It Yourselves

April 8th, 2010|News|

By HYPERLINK "" Ryan Singel Craig Settles has an answer for the 1,095 communities that are not going to get Google to build a next-generation fiber optic network in their area once Google chooses a few winners in the coming weeks. Don’t pout, organize. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE

Broadband – The 21st Century Equivalent of Electricity

March 17th, 2010|News|

Broadband as a vehicle for social transformation Phillip Dampier What a concept. At the heart of the public policy debate for broadband improvement are the implications of universal broadband service in every American home. What such transformation brings to ordinary consumers, entrepreneurs, employers and employees — even the digital economy [...]

Municipal FTTH Systems – October 2009

October 30th, 2009|News|

Municipal Fiber to the Home Deployments: Next Generation Broadband as a Municipal Utility David St. John, FTTH Council The market penetration of fiber to the home is increasing, with more than 5.25 million North American homes now connected directly into fiber optic networks. Fiber to the home (FTTH) is quickly [...]