Rural broadband is severely lacking behind its urban counterpart. However, technology is continuing to advance at a rapid pace. Some areas of the country are not even catching up to being behind. There is an effort to remedy this.
Audio: Full interview with Hunter Ross of Connect Americans Now
Hunter Ross of Connect Americans Now talks about the extent of how rural America is falling behind.
An option being considered is called “TV White Space.” This could be more cost effective than laying fiber optic cabling, which can cost about $30,000 per mile to lay. This option could use television carrier waves to deploy broadband signals.
This doesn’t mean fiberoptic lines are not an option, it just means they can work the technologies in tandem where it can be more cost efficient.
TV white spaces still need to overcome some regulatory hurdles. You can learn more at the Connect Americans Now website.