Getting internet in rural areas remains a challenge. The low population density and high cost of maintenance make it an unattractive investment for large telecommunications companies. What rural internet options exist have generally been limited to dial-up connections over a 56K modem. Yes, that’s right. In the age of gigabit data transfers, 56K is alive and well. What’s worse, given that phone lines in many rural areas date back to the 1960s, the connection speed is often slower than 56K.
Thanks to the 2008 Farm Bill, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) produced a “comprehensive rural broadband strategy,” which set the stage for bringing broadband internet options to rural communities. Through a series of government programs and reforms, rural internet options have since expanded to include satellite internet, DSL, WISP and cellular/4G internet connections.*https://www.fcc.gov/reports-research/reports/broadband-progress-reports/first-rural-broadband-report