According to Telephony mag, Level3 is partnering with "cable companies, LECs, wireless providers or state and local governments in seeking to offer broadband access in unserved and underserved areas." L3 has 500 regen huts and about 30 of them are in underserved or unserved areas. L3 would like to take advantage of that.
Fairpoint asked for $38 million in grants to provide broadband to New England -- something it promised to do during the merger discussions with government bodies. Nice. They make a promise, almost go bankrupt, then use our money to do what they promised.