Communicating for America (CA), a rural advocacy association committed to supporting health care initiatives and small businesses, has issued an appeal to expand access to high-speed Internet for rural Americas and eliminate digital discrimination based on geography, the company said.
In July 2019 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized USD 524 million for broadband expansion in 23 states over the next decade. But more funding is needed to ensure all rural homes in America have equal access.
In rural areas, only 65% of Americans have access to rural broadband. On Tribal lands, the percentage falls to 60%. When all households are combined, nearly 30 million Americans do not have the benefits of fast Internet for streaming.
CA published an updated white paper on rural fairness issues in late 2018. Review the white paper section on rural broadband issues facing the nation.
Communicating for America is a nationwide nonpartisan organization that represents about 100,000 small businesses, self-employed and agricultural members across America. Since 1972 CA has been working on small business, tax, healthcare and agricultural policy issues on behalf of its members. For more information visit www.communicatingforamerica.org.