As important as rural broadband infrastructure investment may be, it won’t be enough by itself to close the nation’s broadband gap.
Why not? Because…
… lack of physical network access is just one of the reasons why so many U.S. households don’t have the Internet access they need for 21st century living.
Here’s a fact that may surprise you:
Residents of rural Census tracts accounted for 5 of 20 million zero-broadband households reported by the 2017 American Community Survey.
15 million zero-broadband households are in “urbanized” Census tracts where high-speed broadband has usually been available for years.
[The] Common thread among these unconnected households is limited income.
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