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Advancing Broadband: Private Networks announcing service expansions every day

April 15, 2013

According to a March 2013 report by Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli at New York University Law School, private broadband providers invested more than $1 trillion in broadband between 1996 and 2010 and $66 billion in 2011. Despite the proliferation in government-owned broadband networks, the private sector is still the primary driving force behind the advancement of broadband. Here are just a few recent investments we’ve noticed:

  • NTS Inc., has started offering fiber services to residents of Hammond, La.
  • Verizon announced last week the company had “added 108 4G LTE-enabled cellular towers in South Carolina since January 2013, and 221,169 additional people are now covered by the service in cities and towns across the state, including expanded coverage along Highway 321 and Highway 6 in Lexington County and along Highway 66 in Horry County.”
  • Verizon also announced it had “ added 34 4G LTE-enabled cellular towers in Tennessee since January 2013, and 78,492 additional people are now covered by the service in cities and towns across the state, including expanded coverage along I-75 in Campbell County and expanded coverage in Lincoln County. Today, 94 percent of Tennessee residents are covered by Verizon’s 4G LTE service.”
  • Also in Tennessee, AT&T “announced the availability of its mobile Internet network in Cunningham in Montgomery County, TN, extending access for advanced mobile services, devices and applications to customers in the area.”
  • In Michigan, AT&T announced it “plans to roll out 4G LTE in Muskegon this summer, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology and faster mobile Internet speeds from the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network”
  • In Florida, AT&T announced it “will create 350 jobs in Florida — with about 200 of them in South Florida —  to support expansion its national wireless and wired IP broadband networks …”
  • According to the Midland Daily News, 4G LTE service is coming to rural Michigan: “The expansion of miSpot into northern Lower Michigan means that rural residents now have the opportunity to connect to the Internet using 4G LTE service. … miSpot offers residents in select, rural Michigan communities 4G LTE broadband internet capabilities. … Although the Pigeon based miSpot is brand new, the company has years of experience to draw from. Parent company, Agri-Valley Communications, Inc., has been providing telecommunications services to rural Michigan since the early 1900s.”