Independent telco FairPoint Communications, which is still in the process of taking over the former Verizon Communications network properties it acquired earlier this year, announced that it will expand broadband capabilities into 51 communities in Vermont using different technologies. The primary technology will most likely be DSL, but FairPoint also indicated it would consider WiMAX in some of its more rural markets.
AT&T also has talked about using WiMAX in rural market deployment opportunities, and with interest from FairPoint, DigitalBridge and other Tier 2 carriers, it is possible that Sprint won't be the only service provider spreading the technology around the U.S.
- see this story in Vermont's Barre Montpelier Times-Argus (though WiMAX is not mentioned in this particular story)
AT&T showed interest in WiMAX for rural markets last August
FairPoint last year pledged DSL investment to woo regulatory support