Rural Telcos Sing a Cable Tune

Broadband take rates in rural communities continue to rise, but regulatory uncertainty surrounding the national broadband plan (NBP) poses a severe threat to future deployment, according to a survey by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association. ...

Broadband take rates in rural communities continue to rise, but regulatory uncertainty surrounding the national broadband plan (NBP) poses a severe threat to future deployment, according to a survey by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association.

The NTCA's "2010 Broadband/Internet Availability Survey Report" indicates that members' overall broadband take rate was 55%, up from 38% last year, but an overwhelming majority expressed concern about the impact of the NBP on their operations. Uncertainty about potential changes to the existing regulatory framework is affecting their current decision-making process and impeding their ability to obtain funding for broadband deployment.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents (73%) offer video service to their customers, and more than 80% expect to have a video offering in place by year-end 2012. Nearly all (96%) indicated that the main barrier to providing video service is access to reasonably priced programming.
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