Video & Wireless
Although they started as hometown telephone companies and cooperatives filling gaps left behind by “Ma Bell” in providing basic local calling, NTCA members are full-service technology solution providers today, providing voice, video, data and mobility services to their rural communities. Video and wireless services represent important parts of the communications mix for a rural community, particularly in areas where larger national and regional providers offer limited or no service at all.
Why It Matters
Gaining reasonable access to and making effective use of spectrum and content present challenges for smaller operators. In recent years, spectrum holdings have increasingly fallen into the hands of larger providers as smaller operators find it difficult to secure reasonable roaming agreements and obtain access to mobile devices on terms comparable to those of the larger firms. Ever-escalating prices for content make the traditional video distribution business a challenge for even the largest national providers and an increasingly unsustainable line of business for smaller operators.
Providing smaller operators with a reasonable opportunity to obtain and make effective use of spectrum resources and addressing fundamental failures and archaic rules in the content “marketplace” are among NTCA’s top policy priorities.
5G Is a Complement to Robust Wired Technologies in Rural America
By Shirley Bloomfield
... Next-generation wireless technologies offer promise for improving broadband connectivity. Wireless connectivity will be an important tool for reaching consumers and businesses in some rural areas, and certainly for delivering higher mobile speeds in urban areas. But the fact is that streaming video and other data demands enabled by 5G will test and strain spectrum resources and networks.