“Approximately 26 million Americans, mostly in rural communities located in every region of the country, are denied access to the jobs and economic opportunity made possible by broadband.”

Rural communities have been begging for broadband telecommunication services, when government realizes the economic impact and denied access to jobs, you can not be surprised when local municipalities opt to build their own broadband network to serve their citizens.

The following is forwarded to you:

FCC Seventh Broadband Progress Report

The latest Broadband Progress Report to Congress reveals that approximately 26 million
Americans, mostly in rural communities located in every region of the country, are denied
access to the jobs and economic opportunity made possible by broadband.

BPR Link

While the infrastructure of high-speed Internet is unavailable to those Americans, the
FCC report also finds that approximately one-third of Americans do not subscribe to
broadband, even when it’s available. This suggests that barriers to adoption – such as
cost, low digital literacy, and concerns about privacy – remain too high. The Report
also notes limited broadband capacity for schools and libraries as a further indicator
that broadband is not being reasonably and timely deployed and is not available to all
Americans.

Without action by the FCC in partnership with the states and the private sector,
prospects for broadband service in many of the areas cited in the Report will remain
unacceptably low. The Report finds the problem especially acute among low-income
Americans, African-Americans, Hispanics, seniors, and residents of Tribal areas.
Congress recognized the importance of broadband in Section 706 of the Telecommunications
Act of 1996, which directs the FCC to take immediate action to accelerate broadband
deployment when it is not “reasonable and timely.” The Report emphasizes that,
notwithstanding our continuing broadband challenges, significant progress has been made
over the past few years in both the private and public sectors. Despite the difficult
economy, the private sector continues to invest tens of billions of dollars in broadband
infrastructure each year – $65 billion in capital expenditures in 2010 alone – expanding
capacity, increasing speeds on fixed networks and rolling out next-generation mobile
services like 4G.

Since first finding in the 2010 Report to Congress that deployment is not reasonable and
timely, the FCC has taken a number of steps to accelerate national broadband deployment
and adoption. These actions include reforming the E-rate program to enable schools and
libraries to get higher-capacity, lower-cost access to the Internet; launching its
“Learning On-the-Go” pilot program at schools and libraries across the country to
advance the use of digital textbooks and mobile Internet access for interactive learning
outside the classroom; launching a Broadband Acceleration Initiative to remove barriers
and speed deployment of robust, affordable broadband; moving to reform the Universal
Service Fund and intercarrier compensation system to better incentivize deployment of
broadband to underserved communities; and unleashing additional spectrum for broadband.
The FCC continues to aggressively pursue its broadband agenda, which is crucial to job
creation and America’s global competitiveness.

Broadband can help create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for Americans in the coming
years, including more than 200,000 jobs through investment in 4G wireless technologies
alone. The new and growing “apps economy” has drawn tens of thousands of developers and
companies, including startups attracting significant private investment that creates new
jobs.

This year’s Report relies on the nation’s first collection of data about actual broadband
deployment, rather than the estimates based on broadband adoption used by previous
reports. The new deployment data was collected at the direction of Congress by the
National Telecommunications and Information Administration to create the National
Broadband Map
.

Download Report PDF

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