Rural America Will Fall Further Behind Without All-Fiber Broadband Investment
We traditionally think of infrastructure as the roads and bridges that connect our cities and people with one another, writes Lisa R. Youngers on TheHill.com. While these are critical components of any nation’s infrastructure, in our increasingly digital world, it is also ultra-fast broadband access through all-fiber connectivity that will drive innovation, productivity and our economy. This is one critical issue that should unite our divided Congress: Increasing fiber broadband access to rural America.
Take the real-life story of Corina Sahlin, a small business owner in Marblemount, Washington, a town with barely 200 residents. Sahlin’s business teaches self-reliant, sustainable living. She has thousands of social media followers, but has a difficult time staying connected with them because of slow broadband speeds at home. Instead, she must travel 30 minutes to her nearest library to get the high-capacity broadband connection she needs to upload videos and operate her business.