FCC Evaluates Rural Health Broadband Efforts
What other gems were uncovered in the FCC report? Well, commission also determined that most providers don't have the technical expertise to manage broadband networks and that, as a result, they don't want to own the networks. "The majority of Pilot projects have created successful broadband networks by purchasing broadband services from a third party, rather than constructing and owning their own broadband facilities.
Mechanisms such as long-term leases, prepaid leases, and indefeasible rights of use of facilities for specified period of time help many projects obtain the bandwidth and service quality they needed," the report said.
And finally, even with billions in federal seed money, the report acknowledged that funding challenges for broadband remain a key issue for rural providers that operate on thin margins or in the red.
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