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Wednesday, April 16, 2003


Small rural telcos are stable, profitable and innovative

Small rural telcos are stable, profitable and innovative
From a Light Reading article:

"There's a place where telecom remains a profitable business ruled by regional monopolies."

"No, we're not talking Twilight Zone or flashing back to pre-divestiture. Within sixty miles of many U.S. cities, rural local exchange carriers (RLECs) are more or less happily escaping the downturn while delivering cutting-edge services to a growing roster of subscribers."

This is certainly true, however it's not the 5 largest rural telcos Light Reading mentions such as TDS or Century that are agressively rolling out FTTH (fiber to the home). The 5 largest are all actually chains of multiple rural telcos that have been acquired over time. Instead, it's usually the smaller, locally-owned, stand-alone telcos that are doing the really interesting stuff.


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