Natasha Tamaskar, Head of Global Marketing and Sales Enablement for Radisys, authored this new article for the Forbes Business Development Council.
According to the Federal Communications Commission, there are nearly 30 million Americans without access to high-speed broadband service. This is especially apparent in rural areas, where up to 35% of the population is not connected. During the Covid-19 pandemic, reliable and affordable internet connectivity has become a fundamental necessity as work, education and social engagement have all moved online.
To help extend access to mobile and broadband connectivity to underserved communities, the FCC has created the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to help distribute more than $20 billion in funding to target regions that don’t have broadband service. This provides a unique opportunity for communications service providers to upgrade and expand their networks to meet subscriber demand today and scale to meet future demand tomorrow.
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