Rural Areas Struggle To Find Internet Providers


Quantum, or QIS, provides Internet services by piggybacking on the central offices Verizon uses to provide DSL, said Chief Executive Officer Kevin Brown.

Verizon can extend a little less than three and a half miles from its central office to provide DSL, Brown said. Quantum can extend almost to four miles from the central office source, he said.

The farther a person is away from a central office, the less reliable the DSL gets, explained Mike Shelah, a former Quantum employee and senior account executive at Earthlink.

“Instead of having 10 houses on your street, you have 10 houses in your neighborhood. They tend to be too far away from the central office for DSL,” Shelah said.

So while the options exist, most end up with one solution that works for both their bottom line and service area.

“Freedom (Wireless Broadband) is the choice of people who don’t have a better choice,” Hall said.

According to a release from the FCC, the Connect America Fund just completed a comment period for the appropriate cost model of updating rural access on Feb. 15. In August Verizon and AT&T rejected the initial offerings from the FCC for the Connect America Fund. In Verizon’s 2011 annual report, the company wrote of providing rural Internet access through wireless air card services.

The current model for determining the cost of developing the infrastructure is ongoing, according to the release from the FCC.

With Internet service providers working with the federal government on ways to appropriately solve rural America’s Internet access woes, Carroll residents without access to broadband will be stuck waiting.

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