The U.S.'s Mid-Sized Mobile Carriers Surrender to the Giants

Photograph by Diego Cervo

Back in the mid-2000s, the U.S. boasted a pretty vibrant community of mid-sized regional mobile providers. Alltel ruled over the rural providers, with 12 million subscribers and a bigger coverage area than even the nationwide carriers, while multiple operators—from Dobson Communications to Centennial Wireless—boasted millions of subscribers. They were forces.

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