New Charter overbuild mandate incites rage among regional cable providers, RLECs

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. 

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