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Liz Greenberg 10/25/2013 | 2:38:34 PM
A merry band of carriers? Carol, do you see them not only banding together to offer more services, compete, etc or do you see them also growing to offer their own wireless services to compete with AT&T, Verizon, etc.?  Also, do they seem to think that banding together will cause any loss of focus on each community?
Carol Wilson 10/25/2013 | 2:49:23 PM
Re: A merry band of carriers? A lot of rural telcos don't own spectrum, so the wireless piece is harder thing to do. ki think what Shirley is talking about is more the wireline folks, who need new revenues to monetize the networks they've already built and fund the ones they want to build. 
DanJones 10/25/2013 | 6:21:09 PM
Re: A merry band of carriers? Wouldn't the CCA fufil that function already?
Carol Wilson 10/25/2013 | 6:29:58 PM
Re: A merry band of carriers? I don't think so - despite the name change, I think most small telcos would still view the CCA as a wireless group.  What Shirley Bloomfield and others are discussing is a national network that ties together rural telcos, some of which have wireless spectrum and wireless subsidiaries, but many of which don't. 

DanJones 10/25/2013 | 6:50:36 PM
Re: A merry band of carriers? Should be interesting, I bet the CCA would *like* to take on that role.
Carol Wilson 10/25/2013 | 6:52:12 PM
Re: A merry band of carriers? They would need to have a national fiber backbone network that connects the 30 state fiber networks and other local fiber networks -- that's the key for the rural telcos, because they want the traffic going over their existing facilities and the ones they hope to be able to build. 
DOShea 10/25/2013 | 7:53:12 PM
Re: A merry band of carriers? Ok, this is when all the rural telcos put all of their money together and make a bid to acquire Level 3 Communications.
Carol Wilson 10/25/2013 | 8:39:40 PM
Re: A merry band of carriers? Hmm, Dan, intriguing thought. But I'm guessing "all their money" would fall short of what Level 3 would expect in a takeover.

Shirley Bloomfield highlighted Indatel - http://www.indatelgroup.org/ -- which is already building wholesale connections to rural America. 


More on them to come.
Liz Greenberg 10/25/2013 | 9:28:04 PM
Re: A merry band of carriers? Exactly!!  Or they could just lease some dark fiber for interconnect.
Carol Wilson 10/27/2013 | 11:41:21 AM
Re: A merry band of carriers? One of the rural companies' challenges is to try not to be commoditized and dark fiber is definitely a commodity. So I think that's a last resort option, if still an option. 
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