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We have a universal service fee, that fee can, if the FCC wants to, be used to build the unprofitable systems in the rural areas.

As POTS is already built out through most of the country, the universal service fee I pay, $2.58, is probably only enough to provide service over the existing infrastructure. Building out new infrastructure is going to cost a lot more, and you can bet Ma Bell isn't going to pay for that itself, like it has been paying for the U-Verse buildout in densely populated areas. Either the USF will get a lot bigger, for which Ma Bell will tell complaining customers "it's all the gummit's fault", or the government will simply pay a subsidy direct to the phone company.

In the mean time, the standard tower package has oodles and gobs* of band width and a lot of the last mile will be provided via wireless LTE fixed point to point service.

In the meantime AT&T has been showering "protected free speech" on the government to shut down broadcast TV and reallocate the bandwidth to wireless, and redirect the USF, plus direct government subsidy, to AT&T to build out their wireless network. The FCC recently approved a reg to allow TV stations to voluntarily give up their broadcast licenses and go cable only. iirc, T figured an $8B handout would be a nice starting point. I somehow doubt though, that, even though the government and rate payers are paying the cost, the government and ratepayers will receive a share in the profits from the upgraded network.

You make an outstanding case for buying AT&T

At present, I have 2,000 shares of T, and 1,000 shares of VZ. As deep throat said "follow the money"

So....how do you like North Dakota so far? Looks like you have snow moving in right now.

Steve
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