Broadband in Urban Vs. Rural Areas
Technology is evolving quickly, but only 55 percent of people in rural areas have access to the speeds that, according to the FCC, currently qualify as broadband. In comparison, 94 percent of the urban population does. Why is there such a gap with technology's constant improvements?
Broadband adoption can boost the economy in rural areas in ways such as increasing income, decreasing unemployment rates, and creating jobs.
Though this is true, there are a few obstacles preventing rural areas from receiving broadband. It is more efficient for telecommunications companies to install new technology in areas with higher population density because of customers' shared fixed installation costs. In addition, the amount of manual labor that is required for the company becomes a barrier.
Check out this article to learn more about the issues associated with access to rural broadband.