Rural Broadband

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Rural communities are generally under-served by high-speed internet. Often, the costs of providing the service across open spaces cannot be recovered through a small number of subscriptions. Native communities are 26% less served by broadband internet compared to those living in rural areas outside of reservations. 

Madeleine Bumstead, Southern Idaho Economic Development

By the end of the year, more people in Idaho will have access to broadband, thanks to the state’s nearly $50 million investment during the pandemic.


Madelyn Beck / Mountain West New Bureau

As so many telecommuters, teachers, college students and children work and learn from home, there have been fears that the Internet wouldn't be up to the task. But so far, it seems to be largely coping with the increased traffic.


New Report Spotlights The Rural West’s Connectivity Gap 

A report published this week by the National Association of Counties found that more than 75% of rural counties had internet and cellular connections that fell well below minimum government standards. The problem is especially acute in the Mountain West. For the most part, only wealthy enclaves like Jackson, Wyoming, have good broadband, the study’s connectivity maps show.

Wi-Fi can be hard to find in the rural parts of our region. In fact, about six in ten rural Americans believe access to high-speed internet is a problem where they live. But that might change. Today the Department of Interior announced a new effort to increase access to broadband on federal lands.

Providing Broadband Access To Rural Idaho

May 29, 2018
Institute for Local Self Reliance

High speed broadband net access is vital in today's culture. Businesses rely on it for supply, sales, research and promotion. It connects students to classrooms and educational opportunities unheard of just 20 years ago. On Tuesday's Idaho Matters, we discuss efforts to connect rural Idahoans via broadband.