- Funding should be simple and allocated directly to infrastructure needs, not directly to last-mile carriers.
- Closing the rural digital divide will require a combination approach that reflects the complexity of the challenges of deploying broadband to rural America.
- Deployment should be focused on achieving tangible universal service to all rural Americans rather than allocated based on profit per population density.
- Restoring net neutrality is essential to closing the rural digital divide.
- Rural broadband should meet the same adequacy standards as its urban counterpart.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Coalition aims to bring more broadband to rural America
About 39 percent of rural Americans lack high-speed internet, putting them at a disadvantage in everything from school and business to medical care. The coalition has outlined five core principles for closing the rural digital gap:
The BCA coalition's members are: Public Knowledge, Access Humboldt, Akaku Maui Community Media, Axiom, Benton Foundation, Oklahoma State University Professor Brian Whitacre, California Center For Rural Policy, Center for Rural Strategies, Citizens Connectivity Committee, Full Color Future, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, National Consumer Law Center, National Digital Inclusion Alliance, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Next Century Cities, Rural Community Alliance- Arkansas, Tribal Digital Village Network, and X-Lab. The coalition encourages new members to join, especially local rural broadband organizations and advocates.