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AT&T abandons copper to spend rural broadband subsidies on wireless 31 August 2015 -

As it accepted $2.6 billion in federal subsidies over six years to improve rural broadband service, AT&T told the Federal Communications Commission that it’ll spend the money on building out its wireless infrastructure, rather than upgrade decaying copper networks. Consistent with the story it told the FCC during its successful bid to acquire DirecTv, AT&T called out plans to rely on what it previously labeled as wireless local loop technology to deliver broadband service to rural customers in areas that are eligible for Connect ... continue reading »

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    CPUC will investigate AT&T, Verizon wireline network conditions

    How much of it looks like this? The condition of AT&T’s and Verizon’s copper telephone networks in California will be independently examined. By a vote of 4 to 1, the California Public Utilities Commission decided to speed up an existing study of wireline systems in the state, instead of scrapping …Read More
  • Faster rural Internet headlines faster Canadian election

    Faster rural Internet headlines faster Canadian election

    Speed matters in Canada. Better broadband infrastructure and service seems to be the shortest route to rural voters hearts, at least in Canada. Instead of hyping more generous farm subsidies or big, new water projects, Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper is making faster Internet access for rural areas a top …Read More
  • Big telcos claim half a billion dollars for rural California broadband

    Big telcos claim half a billion dollars for rural California broadband

    The two biggest incumbent telephone companies in California will be taking federal subsidies to upgrade rural broadband service. Yesterday was the deadline for AT&T and Verizon to claim the money, and both more or less said yes. AT&T’s acceptance was unambiguous. It’s taking the Federal Communication Commission’s offer of $60 …Read More

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