Connecting all Americans who lack internet speeds that meet the current definition of broadband (25mbps/3mbps) would fully and finally close the digital divide.
The definition of broadband should be redefined and elevated to a download speed of 100 Mbps and upload speed of 20 Mbps (100/20). Americans without these speeds and not classified as unserved (under 25/3) should be categorized as underserved. Proposals to deliver 100/100 speeds—which can only be delivered with fiber broadband—are unnecessarily synchronous, as very few users require 100mbps upload speeds. Broadband speeds of 100/20 can be accomplished through cable, next-gen fixed wireless, satellite or fiber optics, ensuring efficient use of taxpayer dollars.
Taxpayer dollars allocated for broadband infrastructure should first bring high-speed connections to households without at least 25/3 speeds. After unserved areas are connected, any remaining federal funds could be used to upgrade networks in underserved areas.