Thirty four million Americans lack access to broadband and the country is ranked 16th in the world for broadband access, said U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL), without citing a source, according to Broadbandbreakfast.com. Speaking at a hearing last week on improving broadband deployment in rural areas to a House Small Business Subcommittee, Schneider and others discussed how Congress can improve broadband deployment.
Mike Romano, lobbyist for NTCA, the
Rural Broadband Association, said providers don’t usually see a ROI for
providing broadband in outlying areas.
That’s why the FCC’s Universal Service Fund, a public-private
partnership, is so important. But the USF has at times, been inefficient
with a flat budget since 2011, he said, according to Broadbandbreakfast.com. Continue Reading