Multiple Barriers Can Hinder Rural Broadband Deployment

Technology, funding, demographics, and business risks create hurdles to expansion

Multiple Barriers Can Hinder Rural Broadband Deployment

Research indicates that people living in rural areas struggle to obtain broadband connections mainly because of the low density of housing. Fewer people living in a community, especially over large swaths of land, translates into higher costs to build and maintain the most common broadband technologies.

In this white paper, Doug Dawson, president of CCG Consulting, a telecommunications consulting firm that works with rural communities and providers, describes the providers serving the rural broadband market, the challenges they face, and how high-speed networks are funded in rural areas. He also explores federal and state efforts to support rural broadband expansion, including funding, programs, and legislation that help defray the costs associated with deployment.

For more information about rural broadband, please see this Q&A with Doug Dawson.

The sun sets behind a rural farm in Adamstown, MD on September 28, 2018.
The sun sets behind a rural farm in Adamstown, MD on September 28, 2018.
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