Broadband Access a Challenge in Rural America

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Gaining access to high-speed internet can be a challenge for people in some parts of rural America. 

The Federal Communications Commission is working to make broadband affordable in more areas, but representatives with the FCC say the problem is so prevalent because it’s difficult to develop digital infrastructure in smaller markets. 

Shirley Bloomfield, of the Rural Broadband Association, said that access to the internet is pivotal for people in all parts of the country. 

“Think about education, healthcare and public safety,” Bloomfield said.  “All of that is so important and hinges on rural broadband being sustainable.”

The FCC will soon try to make it easier for companies to begin work in poor, less populated areas. 

 

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