Today, 34 million Americans lack an affordable and reliable broadband connection. Of these, 19.4 million live in rural areas. This digital divide means they are unable to take advantage of economic, health and educational opportunities that exist in other connected communities.

It’s time to eliminate the rural digital divide – and we can do it by utilizing a model that includes fiber-based, satellite and wireless technologies, leveraging a range of frequencies including TV white spaces. By adopting a solution that brings a wide array of stakeholders to the table, we can connect millions of Americans in a cost-effective manner.

Connect Americans Now is a Microsoft supported community of concerned citizens, local organizations, rural advocates, and leading innovators committed to taking action to eliminate the digital divide that is holding rural America back.

The Impact: Rural America’s Broadband Gap

Broadband-enabled telemedicine allows patients to access specialists and benefit from advanced monitoring services – saving lives in rural communities.

Closing the digital divide will provide millions of students with the same educational opportunities as their suburban counterparts, empowering them to become more informed in critical areas like math and science so they can thrive in their local communities.

Broadband brings the promise of precision agriculture and remote monitoring equipment – helping farmers optimize irrigation, conserve resources and increase yields.

High-speed internet access enables rural small businesses to expand their customer base and attract new industries to rural communities.

Join our fight to bring broadband to all rural Americans. Tell Washington to take action to bridge the digital divide now!

Remember When Websites Took Forever to Load?

For students living all across rural America, that’s still their every day reality.

Without access to high speed internet, these students won’t have the opportunity to complete homework assignments or fill out college applications.

Closing the digital divide will provide millions of students with the same opportunities as the rest of Americans.

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