The Unserved / Underserved Broadband Problem
Many communities across America have inadequate broadband coverage to support their community (residents, farms, businesses and community institutions). Broadband service providers, such as telephone companies, internet service providers (ISP), cable TV providers, wireless and cellular do not currently reach everywhere. Federal efforts have expanded broadband availability, however, the high cost of building infrastructure in the remaining unserved and underserved locations are preventing universal broadband coverage. Gaps in broadband coverage will persist without a process that is specifically designed to ensure all locations in a service area get served. A public-private partnership program allowing local communities to direct the broadband buildout in their service areas can best leverage federal, state and local money with private investment from broadband companies to solve this problem.