Why fiber broadband networks matter
Fixed wireless networks are often touted as a broadband solution — but in rural areas, where there are fewer customers per mile, more wireless transmitters are needed to reach each customer, making the cost of replacing this equipment even higher. Fiber networks that connect directly to a home or business premise have the fastest speeds, the highest quality connectivity, and often the lowest costs in the long run. From a quality and resilience standpoint, only fiber networks are considered “future proof.”
Fiber-to-the-premise networks are critical in allowing rural areas to close the opportunity gap. Fortunately, there are many proven models for how to get them built. Though they often need low-cost loans and/or outright subsidies to get started, once built, fiber broadband networks become strong, self-sustaining local businesses and community assets.
Necessary digital economy infrastructure
We’ve identified broadband as part of the necessary infrastructure communities need to participate in the digital economy. In our digital economic development model, we believe broadband is imperative for communities if they want to drive outcomes on their own. Without it, communities will struggle to achieve local wealth creation and quality digital employment.
Planning a fiber broadband deployment is complex work, especially in a rural area. We advise and collaborate with our partners at Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc to do this work.