US Congress : It's Time To Connect 34 Million Americans
The digital divide is holding back our economy. Closing the
broadband gap can keep the American dream alive.
To US Congress:
34 million Americans lack adequate, affordable access to high-speed internet, including nearly 23.4 million people in rural communities. This limits educational opportunities for students, as well as employment and business opportunities. Adequate, affordable broadband access would also improve healthcare treatment and access to government services.
Innovative long-distance wireless broadband technology can close this digital divide. This proven technology utilizes a part of spectrum know as TV white spaces to deliver broadband access over nearly 10 miles, compared to Wi-Fi's reach of approximately 100-325 yards. TV white spaces are spectrum that can be used for TV and radio broadcasts, as well as to deliver fast, reliable internet access. Deployment of this technology could bring affordable broadband to millions of Americans who currently do not have adequate access to the internet, as well as provide additional broadband choices in urban areas. This would help close the urban/rural divide and revive dying areas of our country by creating economic opportunity made possible by internet connectivity.
But before this technology can be widely deployed, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must preserve three unused TV white spaces channels in every market across the country. By taking this action, the FCC will spur investments that will bring affordable broadband access to communities throughout the nation, especially in rural America. We must ensure that no American is left behind - the future of millions of Americans depends on FCC action on this commonsense proposal to update government regulations.
Please call on the FCC to make three unused TV white spaces channels available for high-speed internet in every market in the nation.