At Connect Americans Now, we hear from frustrated voters about the digital divide nearly on a daily basis. A mom in Indiana who takes her children to McDonald’s so they can do their homework; a farming family in Kansas that is unable to take advantage of precision agriculture tools; a patient who relies on telemedicine to receive treatment and contact her doctors.
All too often though, these voices are left out of the policy debate in Washington. That’s why Connect Americans Now released a poll on rural broadband today. We want to know how Americans really feel about this issue, and the results were extremely telling.
Nearly three in four voters believe expanding rural broadband access would have a positive impact on the nation’s economy, but 66 percent believe that policymakers in Washington have not done enough on the issue. The survey also revealed that 85 percent of voters believe improving rural broadband connectivity would have a positive impact for those on the wrong side of the digital divide.
A frustration with Washington and an understanding of the importance of bridging the digital divide were not news to us – we hear this all the time. But we were also encouraged with the fact that, when presented with the issue, 64 percent of voters said that TV white spaces spectrum (TVWS) should be available for broadband deployment.
If you fall in line with the majority of Americans who support TVWS and are frustrated with Washington’s response to the digital divide, join our fight to make policymakers take action. You can use our action center to send a message to your representation in Congress and the Federal Communications Commission, or you can share your story about how the digital divide has impacted you.
Other findings in the survey included:
Americans broadly agree that TV white spaces (TVWS) spectrum should be available for local providers to deploy broadband to rural areas:
Voters understand the importance of expanding rural broadband connectivity and are frustrated with Washington’s response to the digital divide:
Internet access is as important as ever: