The expansion of high-speed broadband is on track for significant growth in 2022 thanks to the recently signed US bipartisan infrastructure bill, which includes $65 billion over ten years to finance access for rural America.
The bill is expected to help broadband spread to every corner of the country, close the digital divide, and give high-speed Internet access to the reported 42 million Americans who have been without.
Defined as minimum 25 megabits per second (Mbps) download speed and 3 Mbps upload speed, a major reason why high-speed broadband is a priority for many is the critical role it plays in the use of innovative new devices and applications. Edge technology, as well as Internet of Things (IoT) devices, both require high-speed internet access to work and communicate in real-time with each other.
"While we've been making steady progress in bringing high-speed broadband to homes and organizations in the US and globally over the last several years, the passage of the infrastructure bill will provide a much-needed boost, especially in underserved rural communities where the opportunity to modernize everything from education and healthcare to farms and factories will generate a better standard of living and contribute to global competitiveness," said Natasha Tamaskar, Head of Global Marketing, Business Strategy and Digital Endpoints Business for Radisys, a leader in open telecom solutions and member of the Reliance Industries portfolio.