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6 More Regionals Join Verizon's Rural LTE Initiative

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Feb 15, 2011, 11:10 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Feb 15, 2011, 11:19 AM

Verizon Wireless today announced that six more regional, rural wireless providers have joined its Long Term Evolution Rural America initiative. The six carriers include Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, Cross Wireless, Pioneer Cellular, Strata Networks and Thumb Wireless, which are located in portions of Kentucky, Oklahoma, Michigan, Wisconsin and Utah. These companies have agreed to build-out LTE networks in their regions using Verizon Wireless's 700MHz spectrum. In total, they cover about 1.8 million people over 58,000 square miles.

source: Verizon Wireless




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Feb 15, 2011, 12:51 PM

Well, So Much For The Little Giants.

Within 5 years, I suspect these carriers will be gone. No longer able to recover and offset the price of building the networks, they will fall to grace and Verizon will mop them up for a fraction of the cost of building the network themselves.

John B.
2014 sounds about the right time when these will be folded in. 😉
There's no other way for these carriers to acquire access to the spectrum that's needed for LTE right?
If they fall, it better not be Verizon or AT&T for that matter who gets to mop up the leftovers. Those guys are big enough as it is. The Alltel thing was overkill. Verizon should have to pay a luxury tax like the Yankees. They are WAY over the spec...

Feb 15, 2011, 11:15 AM

spell check

Eric you spell 6, six not sic lol.
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