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American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report

How good is broadband internet coverage, across the US?  Read the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report. While urban populations fare well in access to basic fixed terrestrial (as opposed to mobile) service speeds of 25 MBPS/3Mbps, rural populations often do not. Nearly 1/3 of rural populations, and 35% of people on tribal lands do not have even BASIC land-based broadband available to them. This report lays out a plan to improve services. Published February 2019, by NTIA – the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, part of the federal Commerce Department. While the internet speed minimums are already out of date in terms of being acceptable, the fundamental problem of decent broadband service in rural areas remains. The pandemic and growth of telehealth services raised the profile of the issue in 2020.

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