Gabe Dorsey

A Discussion on Rural Broadband

Internet connectivity has become increasingly important to maintain a high standard of living throughout the world. However, as with many services, providing quality Internet access or access in general is difficult with regard to rural areas. Many governing bodies, specifically the European Union in this examination, have introduced serious initiatives to provide almost—if not all—households with quality broadband. While the United States has also placed emphasis on Internet connectivity, its method of implementation is behind other countries with similar infrastructural capability. Additionally, it could be argued that the U.S. is getting ahead of itself when it comes to broadband infrastructure. Recently, a push to introduce 5G networks has gained serious momentum in the highest positions of our federal government. Yet, a high amount of rural areas are unable to access broadband that would be considered passable in populated areas. If emphasis is placed by the government on expanding 5G access instead of providing basic access in rural communities, less populated areas will be left even farther behind.

Major: Political Science
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