Rural areas need broadband, McCaskill says

More and more politicians realize that unfettered access to broadband services is the key to continued prosperity in this country.  If they truly belief this, then they need to remove the regulatory and legislative restrictions that impede novel business models that can increase the deployment of broadband networks in rural areas.

TROY, Mo. | Access to broadband Internet is no longer a luxury but a necessity, and rural areas need more of it, Sen. Claire McCaskill and others said Friday.

McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, and Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski hosted a Rural Broadband Forum in Troy, about 50 miles north of St. Louis.

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Telecom players predict more mergers

On the heels of the blockbuster Qwest-CenturyTel merger announced last month, the telecommunications industry may be poised for further consolidation.

The next wave could stretch beyond traditional phone companies to fiber-optic-network operators such as Broomfield’s Level 3 Communications, slated to become the largest Colorado-based telco with Qwest’s pending departure.

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