Why Does The FCC Need to Help Bring High Speed Internet to Rural America?





Image of a internet cable being cut.

The FCC recently announced plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to bring high-speed Internet to rural America. This raised the question from our readers on why this is so hard and why does the government have to spend tax dollars to bring internet to rural America.

One of the main issues with offering high speed Internet to rural America is the expense. In an average city, you can run cable a mile and have dozens or even hundreds of possible customers. In a rural areas, Internet companies may have to run cable for miles just to sign up a couple of customers.

Compared to many countries America has huge rural areas with nothing between farms and communities for miles, making it far more experience to bring high speed Internet to rural America.

This same issue came up when home phone service was rolling out. To address this, the Universal Service Fund was created. This fund was used to help offset the cost to help make it profitable to offer home phone to rural America. That fund is still showing up on your phone bill long after home phone service has become available to the vast majority of rural America.

Now the FCC has decided to use the Universal Service Fund to help roll out and make rural high speed Internet profitable.

The FCC is not alone in working to offset the cost of rural Internet. Microsoft, SpaceX, and Amazon all have efforts underway to bring high speed Internet to rural America. Yet many of these efforts are still far off. For now, the FCC is trying to speed up the process by helping to offset costs to attract companies to build out their networks.

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news, tips, and reviews. Need cord cutting tech support? Join our Cord Cutting Tech Support Facebook Group for help.

Did you know we have a YouTube Channel? Every week we have a live Cord Cutting Q&A, and weekly Cord Cutting recap shows exclusively on our YouTube Channel!

Disclaimer: To address the growing use of ad blockers we now use affiliate links to sites like http://Amazon.com, streaming services, and others. Affiliate links help sites like Cord Cutters News, stay open. Affiliate links cost you nothing but help me support my family. We do not allow paid reviews on this site. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from :

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp’s privacy practices here.