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On September 4 of last week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler expressed his concern that there is a lack of high-speed connections for most of rural America. He stated that “three quarters of American homes have no competitive choice for essential infrastructure for 21st century economics and democracy included in that is almost 20% will have no service at all.” He further stated the lack of competition “forced imposition of strict government regulations in telecommunications.” He prefers a competitive market with less regulation rather than the heavy regulation of monopolies which stifles competition. Tom Wheeler went on to say that his goal is not to criticize, but “to recognize that meaningful competition for high-speed wired broadband is lacking and Americans need more competitive choices for faster, better Internet connections, both to take advantage of today’s new services and to incentivize the development of tomorrow’s innovations”. Attorney Virginia Metallo, formerly of Clarks Summit, Pa., works on some of these matters at the FCC.

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