BROADBAND ACCESS FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW
Our region’s economic, educational, and cultural well-being depend on everyone having access to affordable high-speed internet. Government broadband expansion programs must replace outdated rural infrastructure with technology that can meet the needs of today and the demands of the next 30 years.
How vast is the expanse?
THE CLAIM – Areas in orange represent 190,000 households that the FCC considers unserved based on unverified reports from internet providers. This estimate leaves out hundreds of thousands of eligible households.
THE REALITY- Our region has at least 340,000 unserved households. Many more are underserved, with less than 25Mbps download / 3Mbps upload speeds, a standard that was last considered relevant in 2012.
As state and federal funding becomes available we MUST advocate for transparent progress reports, careful evaluation of deployment plans, and network designs that meet established standards to handle 30+ years of growth.