Rural Telcos Go Toe-to-Toe With DC


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Light Reading - Broadband - Rural Telcos Go Toe-to-Toe With DC - Telecom News Analysis
"DALLAS -- It wasn't billed as a re-working of the Valentine's Day Massacre, but when National Broadband Plan (NBP) author Blair Levin took the stage Monday at the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) 's annual meeting, he faced a firing squad of rural telcos unhappy with many of his proposals."
Can wireless broadband be a less costly substitute?
Levin says yes, but Houdek and Wilson say no. For one thing, only a small percentage of networks are all wireless, using microwave for backhaul purposes, Houdek says. Most cell towers use copper or fiber backhaul facilities, so wireless requires wireline.