Broadband Infrastructure News and Updates

The Internet has become perhaps the most important basic infrastructure – in fact, some argue that broadband access to the Internet is a “meta-infrastructure” that benefits transportation, energy and all other infrastructures. Yet rural areas have been left in the dust when it comes to staying up to speed in the digital age. Thirty-nine percent of rural Americans and 41 percent of tribal lands lack access to basic 25 Mpbs broadband service. Compare those numbers to only 4 percent of urban residents. SHLB's American Broadband Connectivity (ABC) Proposal seeks to address this persistent digital divide and build the virtual roads needed to pave the path to the future.

SHLB Releases New Cost Study and Broadband Strategy

February 2018

To and Through Anchors: Strategy to Connect Rural Communities

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SHLB's ABC Proposal

The goal of this program is to ensure that every American community has affordable, high-capacity broadband connectivity to the Internet through its community anchor institutions (CAIs). This document recommends a variety of policy measures to encourage commercial and non-commercial broadband providers to deploy fiber and wireless broadband networks efficiently and to make those services available to the general public at affordable prices through each community’s anchor institutions.

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SHLB's Past Activities


Additional Research and Resources

August 2021 Joint letter to the Senate asking for infrastructure bill fix
May 2017 House letter stressing importance of broadband
May 2017 Senate Broadband Caucus Letter to President Trump
Feb 2014 Federal Broadband Deployment Programs and Small Business
Jan 2017 Improving the Internet's Digital Infrastructure
Jan 2017 Proposals for Building Our Nation's Broadband Future