Friday, June 17, 2011

Idaho Outpaces Nation For Lack of Broadband Service

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 3:44 PM

It turns out that it only seems that everyone is permanently attached to either a smartphone or a laptop.

According to a report released by the Federal Communications Commission, roughly 14 percent of Idaho residents live in areas where they can't get broadband service. That's nearly double the national average. The report states that 231,722 Idahoans don't get broadband service, and many of them live in rural areas were it isn't available.

Nationwide, 26 million Americans don't subscribe to broadband. One-third don't subscribe even when it's available.

In an article published by Public News Service, FCC officials decry the lack of service—especially Sharon Gillette, chief of the FCC's Wireline Competition in Bruneau.

"Often it's cost, but not always. Sometimes it's just that they don't believe it's relevant in their lives. But there are many who aren't subscribing that we also view broadband adoption as an issue that we definitely need to be working on."

FCC officials also believe that the lack of broadband service is preventing millions across the country from accessing job opportunities. The FCC reports states that the future of broadband lies largely with private-public partnerships, adding that $65 million was invested in broadband infrastructure in 2010.

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