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. 

That means policymakers need to hear from you. By signing our petition, you will call on policymakers to focus government funds on building new broadband networks in areas that lack access.

Help Connect Rural America

Join our call to policymakers and support programs that bring rural broadband to unserved Americans. By sharing your voice, you help close the digital divide.

Communities for Change

Move the needle for members of our community who need rural broadband most

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

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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

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