Editorial: There is no question that opening up spectrum for rural access will help create more broadband access competition. The problem is that they are still working within the current duopoly business models and regulatory structures. Rural access will benefit from economies of scale. If towns and counties build a common fiber infrastructure and lease it to the communications providers, then the economics of building rural wireline networks greatly improves.Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 12:00 am By Jim Krencik [email protected]
ALBION — Congress came to Orleans County Thursday, as a field hearing called by Rep. Chris Collins drew testimony on rural broadband from national, regional and community-level telecommunications firms.
The House Small Business Subcommittee hearing held in the Orleans County Legislative Chambers lacked the scale of a full Congressional panel, but not in importance.
Representatives of Time Warner Cable, Frontier Communications and Rural Broadband Association offered testimony on FCC regulations, service expansion challenges and the industry’s future opportunities.
Mark Meyerhofer, a government relations administrator for Time Warner Cable, said there has been a change in the national mindset that favors a greater focus on unserved areas.
Meyerhofer’s testimony voiced economic concerns will continue to hinder development in rural and sparsely populated areas.