CenturyLink, Frontier and TDS mull public, private fiber network partnerships
By Sean Buckley
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), Frontier Communications and TDS are amongst a growing group of service providers that are considering partnering with local communities to build out and upgrade their networks to support higher speed residential and business services.
Jennifer M. Fritzsche, senior analyst for Telecommunication Services – Wireless/Wireline at Wells Fargo, said that while CenturyLink, Frontier and TDS are looking at working with local communities, the one remaining barrier is who will oversee and operate these networks.
Traditional telcos, which have over a century of experience in building and operating networks, prefer to take charge of any network deployment in the communities where they offer services.