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
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.
SHLB's Past Activities
- SHLB Coalition's Letter to President Trump Urging Broadband for Anchor Institutions
- PRESS RELEASE: Schools, Libraries, and Companies Urge Trump Administration to Invest in Broadband Infrastructure
- SHLB hosted a webinar on its Rural ABC Plan. Watch the recording.
- SHLB's blog "Rural Communities Left in the Digital Dust"
- PRESS RELEASE: SHLB Coalition Applauds Senate Democrats’ Infrastructure Proposal
Additional Research and Resources