In 2022, the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico had the opportunity to request up to $5 million for initial planning through the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. This is one of a myriad of government-funded programs aiming to increase broadband accessibility today.
While the intentions behind these programs are good and necessary, the issue is where federal funding is actually being applied. For 25 years, it has been put towards broadband buildouts using pre-cloud technology. This needs to shift.
Reliable, high-speed Internet has never been more important, and to keep up with demand, we must start taking advantage of opportunities for change and innovation within the industry. This includes: