FCC Report: Almost 50 Percent of Wyomingites Without High-Speed Internet
A new report by the Federal Communications Commission says job opportunities will elude millions of mostly rural Americans because they lack access to high-speed Internet. Wyomingites lack that access at one of the highest rates in the nation, affecting 243-thousand in the Cowboy State. Sharon Gillett in the Wireline Competition Bureau at the F-C-C says progress in broadband deployment has been made across the nation, but a hefty workload remains, especially in rural areas.
According to the F-C-C report, 47-percent of Wyomingites live in areas without broadband availability. Where broadband is available across the country, the F-C-C discovered another hurdle – not everyone wants to subscribe, so Gillett says digital literacy projects are important.
The F-C-C is looking to more public-private partnerships to ramp up access…like what was done with telephone service. The agency believes reforming the Universal Service Fund will also help to extend high-speed Internet to under served areas.