Addressing Gaps in Broadband Infrastructure Availability and Service Adoption
Both issues – availability and affordability – can be addressed with currently proposed funds: for $61B – $118B, the U.S. can build gigabit broadband to all 19M locations with less than 100/20 Mbps service, as well as provide subsidies that can enable up to 17M households to connect to broadband service.
A Cost Estimation & Prioritization Framework for US Broadband
To close the digital divide in America, there are three key questions policymakers need to consider in developing a comprehensive plan for universal broadband availability and adoption:
- What is the state of broadband service availability and adoption today?
- What would it cost to address both the availability and adoption gaps?
- How can available funds be prioritized in order to make meaningful progress towards both objectives?