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Today’s trending topics explored by key industry leaders.

Open Access Networks Provide Platform for Broadband Expansion

Open access networks help bridge the gap in connection disparities by bringing in a third-party team to help plan, design and construct a fiber optic network that gives local internet service providers (ISPs) the opportunity to expand their broadband services to those lacking this critical...

Enhancing Rural Electric Infrastructure for an Efficient Smart Grid

Across the United States, cooperatives and municipalities need to provide reliable power to keep communities thriving. For them — as with investor-owned providers — a key component to successfully delivering reliable power is making electric improvements before aging infrastructure or other service...

Reconsidering Funding From the Rural Utilities Service

Recently, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) approved $1.6 billion in long-term financing for rural utility projects across 21 states. This included more than $700 million for a new, greenfield natural gas-fired power plant — a rarity in today’s market. And while the entirety of that $1.6 billion...

LNG Satellite Facilities to Power Rural Communities

Electric cooperatives and utilities across the U.S. are focused on providing safe, reliable and cost-effective services. In rural communities, power providers are often challenged to deliver affordable and reliable energy. Despite the rapidly evolving advancements across the energy industry, many...

Rural Communities Reap the Benefits of Wind and Solar

Over a century ago, Burns & McDonnell launched into the power industry with a project in Coffeyville, Kansas. In the 1960s, our team continued to support the rural municipality as it set out to build a new power plant to meet evolving needs. This sustained relationship has helped our team...

How Big Data Drives Transportation Spending

Many of us are aware of the nation’s infrastructure troubles. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives it a D+ on its most recent Infrastructure Report Card. At the current pace of repair, it will take 80 years to restore the country’s deteriorating bridges, according to the American Road and...

Keeping Up With the Evolution of E-Commerce Consumption

As shopping habits have changed, consumers have been conditioned to receive their online orders within one to two days. The evolution of e-commerce is driving the need for more labor, but with a lack of labor in this industry, factories are looking for advanced technologies to continue to deliver...

Utilities Key in Bringing Broadband to America’s Last Remaining Mile

Providing broadband internet to the 25 million Americans who still lack access to it may be easier than we think.

Using Technology to Manage Our Vital Water Resources

Municipalities and utilities face rising needs and shifting demands as water supplies evolve across the country. As these needs continue to burden resources, technology will be critical to help make timely and cost-effective solutions for infrastructure under enormous pressure.

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