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NRECA claims pole attachment rates not a barrier to rural broadband deployment

Broadband deployment in rural America is not impeded by pole attachment rates, according to a report released by Brian O’Hara, regulatory director, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), in a white paper, “Pole Attachment Policies and Issues.”

O’Hara’s research indicates that most communications companies will not provide broadband to all of rural America even when the pole attachment rental rates are waived entirely.

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