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Blog // Connect Nevada

Nevada's Perks of Propagation

By CNV Staff

Contributor: Charlie Roodenburg – Technology Assessment Consultant* As the expansion of broadband access into unserved areas continues, providers are faced with a litany of questions regarding the best practices for facilitating a reliable last-mile solution.  Such questions may include identification of potential subscriber locations, how to reach them, types of equipment to be used, and ways to minimize truck rolls.  Profitability requires keeping road-time down and customer installation numbers high.   In order to maximize the opportunity of streamlining customer installations, a wireless Internet service provider (or...

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Validating Nevada’s Broadband Service

By CNV Staff

Contributor: Charlie Roodenburg We hope you enjoyed our blog yesterday about the different broadband delivery methods.  If you haven't checked it out, do so now!  Today, we're looking at how our team goes about validating the different broadband methods to provide more accurate, useful mapping of broadband availability. Validation: Our team of engineers verifies each of these platforms above by going out into the field with tools, test equipment and data.  We spend countless hours determining how accurately each platform is represented in Nevada.  This process is known as “provider validation.” To see an example of a...

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Broadband Internet Access Basics

By CNV Staff

Contributor: Charlie Roodenburg We talk a lot about broadband and bringing it to more homes, businesses, and communities across the nation.  But do you know the different delivery methods for making that access and adoption possible?  If not, don't worry, you're not alone.   DSL, Wi-Fi, and Cable are terms that might look a little strange to someone who isn't paying close attention.  Want to know the differences between broadband delivery methods?  The following is a list of the major broadband delivery methods and how they work: Cable - In the mid 1990’s cable TV operators began upgrading their equipment to...

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In the Pines: Folklore Woes Come to Modern Life

By Jeremy Thacker

How ETS crews are overcoming Nevada's Pine Tree problem  American folk and rock singers from Dolly Parton to Nirvana have been telling of troubles “In The Pines” for more than a century. The song is haunting, and now, new research is making it clear that the woeful tale of the pine trees will continue to haunt us into realms that old mountain singers could never have imagined. It turns out, “In the Pines, where the sun never shines” is also the perfect place to end up in a wireless service “dead zone.” According to Wireless Crash Course, by Paul Bedell, pine needles are organic material made up mostly of water. That means they are...

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