According to an FCC report released July 20, between 14 million and 24 million Americans do not have access to broadband today, and most of these individuals are disproportionately lower income and/or rural residents.
It is well known that rural areas lag behind urban and suburban regions in having commercially available broadband access. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, only 47% of Americans in rural areas have access to broadband connections at home, whereas 61% of urban adults and 64% of suburban adults have such access.
"The FCC's rulemaking comment period began Aug. 9 with publication in the Federal Register, and will end in Sept. 8, with the deadline for comments in reply to those comments Sept. 23. I have no doubt that many affected rural health providers will make the strongest arguments they can to expand rural broadband access.