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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. From distance learning and remote work to telehealth and smart homes, our lives are increasingly connected to the devices and the world around us. For some of the nation’s rural and remote regions, the distance and terrain between households and businesses are often beyond broadband’s reach. The lack of access to high-speed internet prevents efficiencies that much of the nation enjoys. These small rural communities contribute to the American economy and increasing access to high-speed internet in these hard-to-reach areas is not only linked to economic growth, but also enhanced opportunities.
Issues: Broadband InfrastructureRural Broadband
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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 surprised to learn that the “G” signifies something different in each. The G in the cellular industry’s 5G means “generation”, while the G in the cable industry’s 10G means “gigabit”. But, despite their differences, both 5G and 10G have the same objective – to provide seamless connectivity that is fast, reliable, and secure.  
Issues: America's Wi-FiBroadband InfrastructureRural Broadband
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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 internet service providers—including Comcast, Charter, Cox and Mediacom—to provide ACP-eligible households with robust high-speed internet service for free, after redeeming their monthly subsidy.
Issues: America's Wi-FiBroadband InfrastructureDistance LearningRural Broadband
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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 broadband. A quick bipartisan infrastructure bill analysis shows $42.5 billion going to states to finance internet access, $14.2 billion to provide discounts on internet service and the purchase of a connected device through the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), and a further $2.75 billion to tackle the digital divide through initiatives such as Wi-Fi hotspots and digital literacy programs for seniors. Passage of the bill was a significant achievement, but there is still another hurdle to overcome: implementation. After allotting such a significant chunk of money to this effort, how do we ensure the funds are used effectively? We have ideas.
Issues: America's Wi-FiBroadband InfrastructureRural Broadband