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Demand for Broadband in Rural Areas: Implications for Universal Access

Reports on the characteristics of demand for fixed broadband among households and small businesses in rural areas and how they affect private sector infrastructure investments. Discusses the role of schools and libraries as providers of broadband service and training to rural residents, and how broadband enabled services, such as telemedicine, may encourage rural households and small businesses to adopt the technology. Highlights federal programs and policies that may increase or impede broadband demand, and offers options for the U.S. Congress to consider as it addresses rural broadband demand.
Congressional Research Service
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Broadband · Legislation and regulations · Policy · Rural-urban differences · Statistics and data · Telehealth