Charter Communications' (NASDAQ: CHTR) mandate to overbuild into 2 million rural markets is spurring fears amongst regional cable providers and rural ILECs that are fearful they won't be able to compete with the new company.
According to a FierceCable report, the FCC's mandate has drawn fire from the American Cable Association, which represents smaller cable operators, and the NTCA, an organization that represents rural telcos.
Take Naperville, Illinois-based UniTel, a telecom service reseller which competed directly with Time Warner Cable, and will now have to battle Charter. UniTel has two key concerns: the policy could harm the FCC's Universal Service goals, while giving a much larger Charter the ability to gain programming at a much lower cost.
Check out FierceCable's take on Charter's overbuilding mandate here.