Over 5 million unserved rural homes and businesses in 49 states, along with the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, will get highspeed internet access through the Federal Communications Commission’s Phase I Auction of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.
The Federal Communications Commission established a $9 billion 5G fund Tuesday to improve mobile wireless access in rural America, with up to $1 billion set aside to improve precision agriculture technology.
Betsy Huber, president of The National Grange, explains in this opinion piece why telehealth is vital to keeping rural Americans healthy and safe, and how without access to broadband internet, efforts to increase the availability of these services will fail.
Rural electric cooperatives, satellite and telecom companies are among 386 applicants eligible for the Federal Communications Commission’s high-speed internet funding reverse auction next week, and stakeholders will be watching to ensure funding builds out broadband in unserved areas as intended.
A group pushing for the utilization of unused television signals to increase rural connectivity has the support of 41 rural companies and organizations on comments sent to the Federal Communications Commission.
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.