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Thread: Why is Verizon requiring CDMA phones when it is shutting it down?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoxFan76 View Post
    There are some rural areas where there are few people even living. Those would be good candidates for a single carrier to allow cross-roaming. If the carriers would just deploy the spectrum that they already have, do unlimited rural internet would be well within the realm of possibility.

    They can use LTE as home internet today if they have AT&T, with an Unlimited iPad or Mobley plan.

    That being said, while wireless carriers could serve some customers with wireless internet, the problem is ultimately a failure of the ILECs to provide gigabit fiber across their entire footprints, since almost all of those areas have POTS, and also a failure of regulators to require ILECs to stay current with the technology and offer gigabit fiber across their entire footprints.
    You do get that carriers licenses typically cover LARGE areas like several counties. So even in rural area they are part of a licensed area that included a decently sized city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hagar View Post
    You do get that carriers licenses typically cover LARGE areas like several counties. So even in rural area they are part of a licensed area that included a decently sized city.
    That is completely irrelevant. There are tons of places with no coverage where the carriers hold licenses, but don't built out. Those areas would be ideal for ONE carrier that is licensed there to build out and cross-roam to the others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoxFan76 View Post
    That is completely irrelevant. There are tons of places with no coverage where the carriers hold licenses, but don't built out. Those areas would be ideal for ONE carrier that is licensed there to build out and cross-roam to the others.
    Maybe in those large states with very few people this is an issue but even in my rural area there aren't vast swaths of land where no carrier has coverage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hagar View Post
    Maybe in those large states with very few people this is an issue but even in my rural area there aren't vast swaths of land where no carrier has coverage
    If only one carrier covers it now and they didn't have enough capacity to support cross-roaming, then there must be enough business for the other carriers to co-located on their tower or build their own towers. Presumably they'd also throttle roaming to a certain extent, so it might be 1.5mbps or 5mbps, so that roaming customers aren't slurping down 100mbps.

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