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bonnyman 12/4/2012 | 11:23:16 PM
re: Optical Solutions Deployed in Ohio "We can't live on dial tone alone," said Bascom Mutual Telephone General Manager Dennis Depinet. "We are excited about the opportunity to expand our revenue streams while offering advanced broadband services to our neighboring communities."

These guys are serving small towns -- and they see the justification for FTTH. And the Bells???
sevenbrooks 12/4/2012 | 11:23:15 PM
re: Optical Solutions Deployed in Ohio
I am sure they are listening.

However, I think you might be appalled that your phone bill is helping to subsidize this buildout. Ever wonder what the Universal Service Funds do? They go to high cost loop carriers who can afford to spend more on their networks because they:

1 - Are in areas so small no CLEC wants their lines
2 - Are subsidized on installation of POTS and Broadband Networks
3 - In many places, in Rate Base accounting so will get to charge the customers more because they invested in the network.

Think this is common amongst the RBOCs?

Don't think QB is quite there with a contract yet. Wonder what will happen if Motorola changes directions under a new CEO. Don't think they will be buying QB anytime soon at this point.

seven
allidia 12/4/2012 | 11:23:15 PM
re: Optical Solutions Deployed in Ohio for winning a share of the Verizon FTTH contract! Finally some good news!!!
big daddy 12/4/2012 | 11:23:14 PM
re: Optical Solutions Deployed in Ohio Yes, they sure do.
Y2KickIT 12/4/2012 | 11:22:46 PM
re: Optical Solutions Deployed in Ohio I am not sure where you get the idea USF funds subsidize Bascom Mutual Telephone Company, it is a Co-op. I don't believe they would get any USF funds.

USF is a fraud anyway, just another line item to raise revenues. Accounting for the fund is about as easy as auditing the ILEC's, meaning it doesn't happen.

Last information on USF I recall was that over 90% of the fund went to just two states. USF is not paying for any Co-op, Municipality, CLEC, or other entity to do FTTH.

Red Herring.
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