Affordable Internet Access for Rural America to Reduce Inequalities

There are 19M Americans without proper access to the Internet. This is creating a Digital Divide that has been augmented by COVID-19. There are proven approaches mixing fiber optic with cellular-based Internet Access and this challenge provides some ideas on how to address this issue in rural USA.
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Nature and Context

There is an opportunity to connect the world to fast internet. The approach is based on addressing the needs in rural areas that skipped the fixed-line era of telecommunications, going straight to mobile.

While this has enabled a host of cellular benefits, the infrastructure is still lacking for fast wired internet access. Getting fiber out to rural areas is traditionally the job of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and companies such as Google.

Meeting demand is vital, as access to the internet is one of the most important and powerful forces empowering communities today.

There are approximately 19M people in the US that lack proper access to the Internet.

Ideas Description

An opportunity is to combine growing optical fiber availability with low-cost, telecom-grade WiFi, and bring costs down through bulk orders and deliveries.

There is precent in Uganda with a company such as EveryLayer aiming at providing broadband access to everyone for $5 (£3.20) a month. The first EveryLayer customer has now launched broadband services, offering their Ugandan SMEs internet access at 50% of the cost of other service providers.

EveryLayer is looking to build on this success and expand fast – deploying new networks with affordable connections and high-quality customer service.

EveryLayer is a team that grew in Silicon Valley, with over seven years’ experience building low-cost broadband networks in more than 10 countries. They’re looking for partnerships in underserved regions to deliver fast, reliable internet access

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