Fast, affordable Internet access for all.
The Rural Broadband Policy Group is a growing national coalition of rural broadband advocates that emerged from the National Rural Assembly. The group's goals areWe adopted the following principles:
- to articulate national broadband policies that provide opportunities for rural communities to participate fully in the nation's democracy, economy, culture, and society, and
- to spark national collaboration among rural broadband advocates.
Big telecommunications companies have failed in extending Internet service to rural areas. They claim it is costly and not profitable. We are tired of waiting for AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast. Instead of trying to bring in an outside solution, the FCC should help and encourage local providers, who are eager to invest in their own communities, to offer competitive Internet service and create jobs.If you follow what happens in DC, you may be surprised at some of the rural groups that claim to represent your views, including a number of groups directly funded and run by the major companies that have refused to invest in rural networks! By joining the Rural Broadband Policy Group, you can make sure your voice is actually heard rather than allowing it to be hijacked by astroturf organizations. Consider joining us at the 2011 Gathering of the National Rural Assembly, which just happens to occur in Saint Paul, Minnesota this year -- my town. If you coming in, let me know! Unless we work together on these important issues, our voices will be ignored.