Panel ends subsidies for rural phone firms

9:45 AM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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The Colorado Public Utilities Commission says increased competition among telephone providers no longer justifies subsidies to those providers. 

But the providers themselves say that despite better technology, Colorado's mountains are still there. 

And establishing wireless or satellite service in remote areas is just as difficult as connecting rural areas always has been. 

The Grand Junction Sentinel reported the panel's decision on Wednesday. 

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