Bring Broadband to Rural Communities

It’s easy to take high-speed internet connections for granted. But many Americans, especially those living in hard to reach rural areas, still can’t access broadband. Let’s work together to close this gap and bring America to 100% connectivity.

Broadband for All

By helping rural Americans access broadband, we can create thriving, connected communities

How can we connect rural America?

Government programs are available to help broadband providers expand their networks so they can better reach rural communities.

We support these programs and our efforts aim to benefit Americans who are most in need.

Who benefits from current funding programs?

Existing rural broadband funding programs are meant to bring high-speed internet unserved areas, or Americans who have no broadband access. These programs help rural communities thrive, from farmlands to main streets. 

But, in the past, that funding has been used to subsidize service where broadband networks already exist. In order to achieve 100% connectivity, this practice needs to change.

How can I make a difference?

We need to be sure that our tax dollars go to connecting communities that are currently unserved. 

Join our campaign for important updates and calls to action. By joining this campaign, you will have the opportunity to tell your policymakers to focus government funds on building new broadband networks in areas that lack access.

Closing the Digital Divide in Rural America

Access to high-speed broadband is a modern-day necessity. Yet millions of Americans – many of which live in hard-to-reach rural communities – lack internet connectivity. Watch to see how we can work together to sustain, extend, and improve broadband in rural America.

What You Need to Know

80
%
of Americans
who still lack broadband access live in remote, rural areas
Source: USDA
58
%
of adults
living in rural America believe that access to high speed internet is a problem
Source: Pew Research Center
$
45–65
billion
annual gross benefit for the United States if broadband can transform agriculture
Source: USDA

Explore Stories about Rural Broadband

Learn more about how rural broadband access impacts communities across America

Aug
11
2022
Expanding Rural Broadband:  
Connecting America’s Hardest-to-Reach Communities  
Most Americans in urban and suburban areas are accustomed to the convenience of broadband and the opportunities it provides.... Read More
Jul
29
2022
Expanding Rural Broadband:
A Once-in-a-Generation Moment to Make Change
A once-in-a-generation opportunity is before us: to expand broadband and deliver high-speed internet access to the communities, businesses, and families who... Read More
Jul
7
2022
10G vs 5G: What’s the Difference?
10G vs 5G – you may have heard of these terms before. But while the names of these two technologies may be similar, they have two very different meanings.  In fact, some may be... Read More
May
26
2022
The Affordable Connectivity Program:
Who’s Eligible, and How to Apply
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is expanding.  At a White House ceremony on May 9th, President Biden announced a landmark commitment from 20... Read More
May
9
2022
How Much Internet Speed Do I Need?
Planning for the Digital Future
It’s something that many of us consider when shopping for internet service—how much internet speed do I need? This question became especially critical... Read More
Apr
19
2022
Expanding Broadband to Hard-to-Reach Communities: How to Get the Job Done
In November 2021, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a sweeping $1.2 trillion-dollar bill that includes a significant investment in... Read More
Mar
24
2022
The Increased Demand for Reliable Internet
Satisfying the Internet Customer in the Age of Instant-Everything With tens of millions of Americans continuing to work from home and the number of internet-connected devices skyrocketing,... Read More
Feb
23
2022
The Path to 100% Broadband Connectivity: Building a Bridge to the Future
Here’s a fact that became apparent during the COVID pandemic: a broadband connection is as essential a service as electricity, water, and heat.  Of... Read More

Spotlight on St. Francis, Kansas

Rural broadband transformed the small, agricultural town of St. Francis, Kansas, from its farmlands to its main streets

What Peers and Policymakers Are Saying

[If] you want to move out in the country and you want to move to a small town where housing prices are cheap and there’s no traffic, you need a high speed internet connection. Not every small town has that.” 

Robert Grace
CEO of Grace Enterprises, St. Francis, KS

“Having ‘real internet’—even part of the time—has allowed our business to be more involved with our customers and potential customers and saved us thousands of dollars.”

Jodie Morgan
Small Business Owner, Centerville, TN

Rural communities must have adequate broadband infrastructure to attract and retain businesses and human resources, close the homework gap for students and teachers, open innovative and convenient pathways to telemedicine for seniors and providers, and help farmers increase efficiencies in their barns and on their land. The future wellbeing of our communities is dependent upon this technology.”

The Rural Broadband Caucus