Trump's Focus On Rural Broadband Should Include Community-Owned Networks
— January 9, 2018
By Robert Seamans
If the Trump administration is serious about eliminating the digital divide, and helping provide broadband access to rural America, it could do more. And it could start right in Tennessee, by allowing Tennessee communities to build their own broadband. This is a simple solution that would promote competition between broadband providers and benefit consumers, but it is a solution currently banned or restricted in a number of states, including Tennessee.
Digital Divide and Benefits of Broadband
The president’s executive orders are designed to address the large gap in broadband access between urban and rural areas. This is an admirable goal, and a bipartisan one. The Obama administration also led a number of efforts to increase broadband access and reduce the digital divide, including ConnectED, ConnectHOME, and ConnectALL.
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Robert Seamans is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations.