A much-anticipated buildout of a 700-MHz LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network for public safety nationwide could be

leveraged to bring broadband to rural areas that typically are not served by commercial operators because of economic realities. This is the view of mobile wireless consultant Andrew Seybold.

Federal mandates to deploy the public-safety LTE network nationwide and to have broadband access be a primary goal for the FCC’s universal service fund are two factors that could increase the focus on delivering high-speed connectivity to sparsely populated areas, Seybold said.

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