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From improving the nation's infrastructure to securing stable funding and advancing rural development, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association is working to build a better broadband future.

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Congress Putting Their Actions Into Words

Today was a big day for those advocating for continued broadband deployment across rural America as 193 members of Congress (194 if you include Sen. Joni Ernst’s letter) reached out to the FCC to address the long-term budget sufficiency of the Universal Service Fund (USF) High-Cost program. This is a critical and necessary step in continuing to close the digital divide (and the urban-rural divide) that is often cited by Chairman Pai as one of his top priorities.

Rural Gig Going Strong – 150 Rural Providers Recognized Strong!

So many RLECs in our family have taken the plunge and leap of faith to bring gigabit broadband—delivering internet speeds up to 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households—to their communities. 

A World Without Home Internet Access

As much as we ponder, collaborate and work with policymakers on what daily life is like for those without internet access, I am admittedly spoiled by my own in Arlington, Va.  Until…. last week.  A power outage in my neighborhood wreaked havoc on my home fiber connection and I have been without a dial tone, television and far most importantly, home Wi-Fi access since Thursday.