Boycom, financed through second mortgages on Boyers' house and farm, provides broadband service to "end-of-the-world-and-turn-left places," she said. "We've always said we've done so much for so long for so little, we are absolutely qualified to everything with nothing at all."
Boyers called on Congress to eliminate unnecessary regulations for broadband and telecom providers, but she also called on the Congress and FCC to set rules in upcoming wireless spectrum auctions that allow small carriers to win spectrum.
Representatives of the FCC and RUS didn't immediately return messages seeking comment on the hearing.
The hearing was an effort to educate senators about directions to take telecom reform, said Senator Mark Pryor, an Arkansas Democrat and subcommittee chairman.
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