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A heavy lift to bring high-speed broadband to every American

A telecommunications specialist expects more heavy lifting as high-speed broadband is deployed throughout rural America.

Rick Cimerman with NCTA, The Internet and Television Association, says federal funding continues to target the unserved and underserved parts of the U.S.

“Those programs have had varying degrees of success, they haven’t always had the right framework or regulatory parameters or bounds to make it work.”

He tells Brownfield the latest round of funding totals more than $42 billion and focuses on unserved areas.

Cimerman says the preference is using fiber where possible.

“In some cases it may be a green field, where it’s a completely new installation. In some cases in some extremely high-cost areas, fixed wireless may be a part of the equation.”

He says between the accuracy of the Federal Communication Commission’s National Broadband Map and by partnering with states to invest the dollars, connecting the estimated 8 million Americans in the hardest to reach areas to high-speed internet is finally possible.

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