The Fiber Broadband Association welcomes President Trump’s announcement that broadband support will be added to his $1 trillion infrastructure proposal, not just to enhance service in urban areas but, as the President said, “to promote and foster enhanced broadband access for rural areas also.”
This will help to bridge the digital divide that has left millions of Americans underserved and left behind; according to a 2016 Federal Communications report, only 55 percent of Americans in rural areas have access to downloads faster than 25 megabits per second, compared to 94% of Americans in urban areas. With broadband as part of the infrastructure package, the goal is to narrow that gap through more widespread deployment.
The Fiber Broadband Association commends the President for recognizing this critical issue and joining us in taking action to address our nation’s digital divide, particularly in rural areas. We have long worked to break down and reduce regulatory barriers to fiber deployment by educating policymakers at all levels of government, as well as engaging communities directly, on how to enable and create incentives for infrastructure deployment.
The Fiber Broadband Association is committed to accelerating our connected future and our members represent the hundreds of companies and entities responsible for bringing next generation broadband to Americans. We and our members look forward to working with this Administration on these efforts to propel fiber broadband deployment across the U.S.