An Overview of Rural Broadband Policy Analysis: Challenges and Opportunities
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The digital divide between rural and urban communities continues to be a challenge for broadband stakeholder groups across the nation. Broadband accessibility relates to economic theory through challenges of both supply and demand. Policies have been implemented to address broadband accessibility in rural communities on the federal, state, and local level. However, broadband stakeholders often indicate that current policies are not sufficient. Interviews with 14 broadband stakeholders in Texas, Tennessee, and Michigan suggest that the most common challenges are in relation to funding, mapping, and regulations. Though these challenges impact each stakeholder differently, there is common ground that provides an opportunity for policy makers on the federal, state, and local levels to find feasible solutions to the digital divide. These key themes were analyzed in relation to the impact that broadband inaccessibility has on stakeholder groups and rural consumers.
Beaty, Taylre (2019). An Overview of Rural Broadband Policy Analysis: Challenges and Opportunities. Master's thesis, Texas A & M University. Available electronically from