The COVID-19 pandemic has moved much of our daily lives online, underscoring the need for fast, reliable, and universally accessible broadband for all. A recent poll by IIA and Morning Consult reiterates this increased reliance on high-speed internet and finds strong support among American voters for using Congressional authority to improve broadband access.
IIA believes that now is the right time for the FCC to update and modernize its approach to reporting to Congress on the deployment of advanced telecommunications capability. Because consumers perceive and use mobile and fixed broadband services in essentially the same way, the FCC should now consider mobile and fixed broadband services “functional substitutes” and report to Congress accordingly.
Encouraging investment in 5G technology that will extend broadband to all Americans, from urban centers to rural areas, should be a top priority for policymakers. It’s also important that we show people how the internet is useful in their everyday lives. Luckily, the value of saving money is a major benefit with which everyone can identify.
The private sector, in partnership with state and local governments, is working to connect every corner of the country with high-speed internet access.
This interactive map highlights the various programs and investments being made to keep every state strong in the digital economy.