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Blimp-like SuperTowers Will Bring Broadband to Rural Areas

April 11, 2018View for printing

While it's true that the majority of America's population resides in large cities which tend to fall closer to the coasts, a massive portion of the population continues to reside in regions which qualify as rural. Because these regions are more sparsely populated, cellular service providers have been traditionally hesitant to invest in large, expensive cell towers whose signals will reach a relatively disparate portion of population, especially compared with dense urban centers.

Estimates have indicated that serving the rural population with cell towers that would provide broadband service could cost as much as $12.5 billion, as approximately 37,500 new cellular towers would need to be constructed. For most cell providers, it's simply not worth the investment; otherwise, they would have already constructed them.

Sam Mire ... ural-areas/
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