Social distancing may be a crucial step to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, but the lack of high-speed internet in rural areas to conduct classes, run small businesses, or practice telemedicine could have dire financial consequences if the pandemic lasts months.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai took heat from House Democrats Wednesday morning for moving ahead with a $20.4 billion broadband funding program before maps depicting coverage gaps were fixed.
Rural Americans are closer to receiving high-speed internet after the Federal Communications Commission voted to move ahead with a $20.4 billion plan to boost broadband connectivity in underserved areas.
All of the leading Democratic presidential candidates are calling for major increases in spending for roads, bridges, rural broadband and other infrastructure needs, but the plans differ sharply in scope as well as in how the candidates plan to pay for them.
A major equipment manufacturer underscored the need for broadband connectivity in some of America’s most rural places by featuring “see and spray” technology at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.