Editor's Corner - Frontier, CenturyLink, Windstream see broadband wireless as a gap filler for CAF-II obligations, but is it optimal?
by Sean Buckley
Frontier's recent revelation that it intends to use fixed wireless to address the rural broadband availability problem using the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II) program is set on a simple goal: extend broadband to areas where deploying wireline facilities is prohibitive.
What's interesting about Frontier is that other than being a supplier of backhaul, the telco is mainly a wireline carrier. Can it effectively overcome engineering and regulatory challenges to complement rural wireline broadband with wireless?