US Govt to Spend $20 Billion on Rural Broadband
The US government announced it is launching the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, to invest $20 billion to expand broadband connectivity in rural America. The fund, slated for launch later this year, aims to extend service to 4 million households and small businesses.
US President Trump and Ajit Pai, Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission made the joint announcement April 12, 2019. Pai said he wants funds to be available to rural communities that don’t have the FCC’s 25 megabits per second downstream and 3 Mbps upstream (25/3) standard.
The news of this further funding for rural America was well received by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) who commented,
“Today’s announcement of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund represents a potentially significant leap forward in our nation’s efforts to overcome the digital divide. First and foremost, NTCA is delighted to see recognition from policymakers at the very highest levels of the inextricably integrated nature of communications networks” said NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield.
Peter Khoury, CEO and General Counsel of Calgary headquartered Genesis Technical Systems praised the US Government for this commitment.
He commented saying, “this is very good news for Genesis, as this further funding comes on the back of the initial $20 billion funding announced in 2016 and it will help Americans tremendously in rural and semi-rural regions of the country to get the faster broadband they desperately need”.
Because Genesis’ unique technologies are designed to get faster broadband further over existing telecom infrastructure Genesis is working with US telecom operators to achieve affordable faster broadband speeds over their existing infrastructure to rural and semi-rural areas. Genesis’ technologies provide Telco operators with innovative leading-edge technology solutions to do this.
In response to the announcement President Trump stated “we’re focused on rural communities that do not have access to broadband at all. The farmers and others … they just haven’t been treated properly and now what we’re doing is making it a priority. That’s the area we want to go first so they’re covered.”
This latest US Government announcement follows recent commitments made by the British and the Canadian government to get faster broadband to their underserved rural and semirural premises.
Khoury said “Genesis is working with its Residential Access Carrier Consortium (RACC) partners and NTCA members in deploying our technology to rural America. The recent announcement of further funding will assist major telecom operators in the USA to trial and continue commercial deployment of our technology in 2019. Genesis technologies will deliver faster broadband further and address this urgent need for rural telecom customers.”