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voipdabbler

join:2006-04-27
Kalispell, MT

Bigger question is how in the world divestiture will happen.

In this economic climate even AT&T and T-Mobile, which certainly have healthier spreadsheets than Sprint, probably won't be willing or able to take on new debt to acquire the vast divestiture list put forward by Verizon (I know the FCC would have required some of them, but almost all the divestiture list was developed independently by Verizon). Rural carriers, forget it, in this climate bankers aren't going to be interested in extending their credit lines. That leaves the 64 million dollar question. When no potential buyers can get financing, will the regulators let service be shut down completely? Given most of the divestiture list is composed of RSAs (Rural Service Areas), that move would see the US slipping even further down the list on cellular penetration. (The last data the FCC published showed that far fewer than 50 percent of RSAs had any kind of cellular service--specifically only 150 of the 428 had any cellular service.) It also begs the question on whether regulators should begin revoking licenses issued to carriers who only provide roaming to non-local customers and refuse to invest in infrastructure to serve local populations. At present, many of the unserved RSAs have towers erected by the major carriers simply for those roaming from urban markets. The carriers refuse to expand the infrasturture to provide local service.

hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH
the unlimited companies have the money. they have less debt dut to they don't have to worry about customers going over on minutes and not paying the bills.

Revol being one of them and based in Ohio they are private and could take over Alltel Ohio that is being left to rot (which would fill a large gap between coverage areas.

MetroPCS and Cricket could do the same in other areas. Although the larger the unlimited companies get the more they'll take customers from the others. Epecially since they don't require a contract for anything. They have an open network for CDMA phones. and you can't beat $47 per month for unlimited minutes including unlimited long distance and text with calling features.

patcat88

join:2002-04-05
Jamaica, NY
kudos:1
said by hottboiinnc:

the unlimited companies have the money. they have less debt dut to they don't have to worry about customers going over on minutes and not paying the bills.

Revol being one of them and based in Ohio they are private and could take over Alltel Ohio that is being left to rot (which would fill a large gap between coverage areas.

MetroPCS and Cricket could do the same in other areas. Although the larger the unlimited companies get the more they'll take customers from the others. Epecially since they don't require a contract for anything. They have an open network for CDMA phones. and you can't beat $47 per month for unlimited minutes including unlimited long distance and text with calling features.
One of the ways the unlimiteds save enough money to be unlimited is by not having rural coverage. Revol/Cricket/MetroPCS all have very small urban coverage zones. Their business model specifically excludes being national carriers with large swaths of suburban and rural coverage.

US Cellular, or an auction or reverse auction RSA by RSA with mom and pop "cellular one" carriers popping up is the only hope for these. The other possibility is, they just sit there being unused, which the FCC doesn't seem the care about.

hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH
Actually Revol has a lot of rural coverage in the Toledo market. They not only bought some of it from Cricket when they bought Cricket Toledo they are expanding it with their own cash buy buying spectrum and leasing it.

Also Revol does have Delaware Ohio which also considered rural.

Revol has hinted to many Ohio customers about taking over the networks in Ohio to almost cover the entire state; especially since they're based in Columbus.

US Cellular i don't see taking over the network or even getting customers. They're very over priced compared to what customers have now in Ohio.