Reliable broadband is essential for maintaining a strong business sector, skilled workforce, level playing field for all students, and access to healthcare providers. While rural communities want and need internet services, low population density and high costs have stood in the way of rural broadband deployment. As a result, many rural communities across the United States lack access to reliable internet and continue to struggle in today’s digital economy.
Recognizing the need to address this expanding digital divide, consumer-owned broadband cooperatives and other key industry partners are mobilizing to provide solutions. Together, these stakeholders are forging new partnerships and developing innovative approaches to bring the benefits of broadband access to their rural communities.