The Wall Street Journal: Why Rural Americans Keep Waiting for Fast Internet, Despite Billions Spent

EXCERPT: “The U.S. government has spent billions of dollars on several rounds of programs to upgrade internet speeds in rural areas over the past decade. Despite those efforts, many residents are still stuck with service that isn’t fast enough to do video calls or stream movies—speeds that most take for granted. Many communities have been targeted for broadband upgrades at least twice already, but flaws in the programs’ design have left residents wanting. Most U.S. households today have access to internet download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second and upload speeds of 10 Mbps, according to government data. Although the FCC’s programs have made progress, some rural Americans still can’t get 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload speeds—the level of service that was the federal standard in 2011.” FULL STORY: