The FCC Always Misses The Point
We have a huge deficit and the FCC wants to give away the spectrum (obviously worth more than 300 Million). This is the problem with the entire system. The entire Satellite/cable/fiber/cellular/POTS/IT/Backbone infrastructure should be the permanent property of the USA and we should charge telecoms to use and maintain it. This way all telecoms would have to share cell sites & maintenance costs but they could all have the benefit of the technology at the same time. None of them could be monopolies because all costs would be the same and they don't own the backbone. Then the cost of service could actually be lower and competition would be greater.
Many of these remote areas would be better served by satellites sending and receiving 4G Signals. Distance is really not an issue if phones & spectrum were better designed. Seems to work well for Sirius/Xm Radio (for transmission to customer) Remind me how did we get locked into the same thieving telecoms for cell service as we did for plain old telephone service?
You see, we could have nice things in this country if we weren't subsidizing the costs of iPhones and lobbyists.