Government funds are now flowing to bring broadband to unserved, rural communities. This includes my home state of Iowa, where one-third of our counties are still designated as “broadband deserts.”
By some calculations, nearly half a trillion federal dollars are being made available for broadband expansion nationwide. However, this unprecedented funding to bridge the digital divide may be squandered if our elected leaders and policymakers do not effectively target the funding to truly unserved areas. By using updated broadband maps and by addressing the needless delays and costs associated with pole access, progress can be achieved.