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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 3:11 pm    Post subject: Study shows only 23m outside of cellular broadband coverage

CTIA and CostQuest Associates recently teamed up to find out how comprehensive mobile broadband coverage is in the United States.
In a 3-month survey, CostQuest’s study concluded that roughly 23.2 million Americans live in areas without access to mobile broadband access.

While some may think that this is bad news, I am sure most would have guessed that a higher number of people were without broadband wireless coverage.

This Census website puts the current USA population at just over 300m, so that means less than 10% of the US population is currently in an area not covered by cellular broadband.

Knowing how aggressively the carriers are pushing into what were traditionally considered "rural areas",
I think its safe to say that cellular broadband will be as ubiquitous as public utilities in the not to distant future.

Full article on Wireless Week is here.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 6:21 pm    Post subject:

After reading the article it makes me wonder which is more cost effective, to build/upgrade a cell tower, or upgrade a CO or remote terminal for DSL... for those of us using this primarily as a fixed solution
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